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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — After a six-day trial, Jaquorey Rashawn Carter, 24, of Sacramento, was found guilty today of sex trafficking of a child, and sex trafficking by force, fraud, or coercion, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.
“The defendant targeted vulnerable young women and underage girls to work as prostitutes for him on the streets of California cities and inside seedy motels,” U.S. Attorney Scott stated. “Thanks to the thorough work of the investigating agencies, the defendant’s years-long pimping operation has come to an end. For the next several years, he will be in a place where he cannot harm young females.”
“Traffickers see their victims as mere commodities to be controlled and sold. This case illustrates the cycle of violence and exploitation victims often face and traffickers’ brazen disregard for the law,” said FBI Sacramento Field Office Special Agent in Charge Sean Ragan. “The FBI works with its local and state partners to ensure criminals face justice for their actions and victims of trafficking are connected with the support they need to move forward with their lives.”
“Sex trafficking is a monstrous crime. It has no place in our society, let alone near our children,” said California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. “Those who profit from the detestable exploitation of human beings must pay a high price. We owe many thanks to the multi-jurisdictional law enforcement team that successfully investigated and prosecuted this case.”
According to evidence presented at trial, between 2013 and October 2018, Carter targeted vulnerable young women and underage girls to work as prostitutes for him. Carter used a consistent pattern of behavior in recruiting and keeping close association to the women and girls who worked for his financial benefit. As part of Carter’s pimping operation, he put girls and women in motel rooms and had them engage in prostitution in Sacramento, Stockton, Oakland, Sunnyvale, and Santa Ana, in order to make money from their prostitution activity.
Starting in 2013, Carter recruited two 14-year-olds to work as prostitutes for him in Oakland. Ultimately, the girls were returned home to Sacramento, but Carter continued to transport, harbor and maintain one of the underage girls in connection with prostitution activity through 2018.
Evidence presented at trial also showed that Carter has been arrested or contacted by law enforcement on multiple occasions on the streets or in high-crime areas while he was transporting his victims to or from his illegal business opportunities. In September 2018, a federal judge authorized the wiretap of Carter’s cellphone. Sacramento-based task force agents then intercepted calls demonstrating that Carter was actively recruiting, harboring, transporting, and managing several women engaged in prostitution throughout California. During the calls, Carter discussed his pimping operation and his involvement in violence, and he threaten to physically beat one of his victims.
Task force agents identified at least five different women that Carter was either recruiting or actively managing in ongoing prostitution. On Sept. 19, 2018, law enforcement intervened during an intercepted call when Carter described his plan to hurt a woman. At the time of the call, Carter was driving to Oakland with four women in his car. A California Highway Patrol officer conducted a traffic stop and arrested Carter for falsely impersonating someone. A short time later, while out on bail, Carter assisted a fellow pimp who savagely beat a woman inside a car. The victim tried to exit the car, but Carter stood outside the car and attempted to prevent her from escaping.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the California Department of Justice’s Special Operations Unit, and the Sacramento Police Department. The California Highway Patrol, Sacramento Sheriff’s Department, and the Sacramento District Attorney’s Office assisted in the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Brian A. Fogerty and Jason Hitt are prosecuting the case.
Carter is scheduled to be sentenced on May 4, 2020, by U.S. District Judge William B. Shubb. Carter faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison for sex trafficking of a child. Carter also faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison for sex trafficking by force, fraud, or coercion. Both counts of conviction carry a maximum fine of $250,000. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.