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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of New York

Monday, August 22, 2016

Brookyln Sex Trafficker Sentenced To 30 Years For Prostituting Minors And Producing Child Pornography

Defendant Used Force and Coercion to Prostitute Girls as Young as 13 Years Old

Today, defendant Alvaun Thompson, also known as “Love Pimpin,” was principally sentenced to 30 years’ imprisonment for forcibly sex trafficking minors—including a 13-year-old girl—and producing child pornography.  A federal jury convicted Thompson of all nine counts with which he was charged, following a jury trial in November 2015.

The sentence was announced by Robert L. Capers, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York; Diego Rodriguez, Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office; and William J. Bratton, Commissioner, New York City Police Department.

The evidence at trial established that from 2013 to 2015, the defendant used physical violence and emotional manipulation to force two minor girls to engage in prostitution.  The defendant’s victims were 13 and 15 years old when he began exploiting them.  The defendant prostituted the minor victims on the streets of Brooklyn and advertised them as prostitutes on the internet, posting explicit photographs.  He impregnated the minor victims and continued to prostitute them while they were pregnant with his children.  The defendant beat the minor victims, and he forced them to get brand-like tattoos of his name.  The defendant personally tattooed the letters “LP”—an abbreviation of his alias “Love Pimpin”—on the face of one of the minor victims.  On at least two occasions, he transported his victims across state lines to engage in prostitution.  In addition to the minor victims, the defendant prostituted other girls and women  and had sexual relationships with them.  He frequently filmed his own sex acts with the prostitutes, and created a pornographic video of himself and one of the minor victims, who was then 15 years old. 

The Hon. I. Leo Glasser conducted an evidentiary hearing on June 29, 2016, to evaluate the defendant’s conduct relevant to sentencing.  At that hearing, the Court made factual findings that the defendant murdered Johnny Moses Robinson—a rival Brooklyn pimp—on September 9, 2013, over a dispute involving one of the defendant’s minor victims.  The government established, by a preponderance of the evidence, that Thompson shot Robinson four times, including once in the face. 

“For years, the defendant preyed on defenseless children by repeatedly subjecting them to acts of physical and psychological abuse and used them to line his pockets by prostituting them on the streets of our city,” stated United States Attorney Capers.  “The sentence announced today reflects the heinous nature of the defendant’s crimes and serves as a warning to others who would seek to exploit the most vulnerable members of our society.”

FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Rodriguez stated, “It’s hard to comprehend anyone using and abusing children to make money, but this case shows some subjects do it for much more than profit.  This subject took sadistic pleasure in torturing girls who had no ability to defend themselves.  It is unbelievably frustrating to know we open more cases every day, but the FBI and our law enforcement partners know with each arrest we are saving a child from real life monsters.”

“There is no place in our city for sex trafficking, a truly abhorrent crime.  I commend the work of the investigators and prosecutors involved in the case who brought to justice this individual and the deplorable acts he committed on society’s most venerable members, children,” said Police Commissioner Bratton.

The government’s case is being prosecuted by the Office’s Civil Rights Section.  Assistant United States Attorneys Matthew J. Jacobs and Jennifer M. Sasso are in charge of the prosecution.

The Defendant:

Alvaun Thompson
Age:  29

E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 15-CR-80 (ILG)

Human Trafficking
Project Safe Childhood
Updated August 22, 2016