Pasadena Man Sentenced for Sex Trafficking of a Child
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of California
NEWS RELEASE SUMMARY – September 20, 2023
SAN DIEGO – Daylan Lamont Camp of Pasadena was sentenced in federal court today to nine years in prison for sex trafficking a 14-year-old girl in the fall of 2020.
The defendant pleaded guilty on November 29, 2022, to one count of Conspiracy to Engage in Sex Trafficking of Children.
On November 16, 2020, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) contacted Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) with information related to a 14-year-old girl with an active online commercial sex advertisement located in San Diego. NCMEC conveyed that the girl had been reported as a runaway by Los Angeles County officials, and that between August and November 2020, NCMEC had identified multiple commercial sex advertisements on various internet-based websites with her image throughout Southern California, including in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and San Diego.
That same day, HSI, working with the San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force, located an advertisement for the girl offering commercial sex in San Diego. An undercover operation was conducted that ultimately led to the recovery of both the girl and an adult woman, who was also engaging in commercial sex at the hotel. The girl’s cell phone was searched, and HSI located numerous conversations between her and the defendant about commercial sex work. During these conversations, the defendant referred to the 14-year-old as “baby hoe.”
In his plea, Camp admitted that he communicated with an adult female about having the 14-year-old engage in commercial sex acts. Specifically, Camp admitted that he and the adult female agreed to obtain and maintain the minor, who they knew was under 18 years of age, for the minor to engage in commercial sex acts. To achieve their goal, Camp and the adult female obtained hotel rooms for the minor and arranged for her to travel to San Diego, where the sex acts were slated to occur.
To that end, on or about November 15, 2020, Camp and the adult female arranged for the minor to travel by bus from the Los Angeles area to San Diego for the minor to engage in commercial sex acts. The defendant then posted commercial sex advertisements for the minor. The minor traveled to San Diego and engaged in commercial sex acts and provide the proceeds of these acts to the defendant.
“Sex trafficking is a reprehensible crime that has traumatic consequences for children, including long-lasting physical and psychological harm,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Andrew Haden. “We will do everything we can to seek justice for trafficking victims.”
“HSI is committed to aggressively investigating the heinous criminals that knowingly and willingly exploit children and victims,” said Chad Plantz, special agent in charge for HSI San Diego. “In addition to investigating and arresting these predators, HSI utilizes a victim-centered approach to ensure the physical and mental well-being of the victims that are impacted by these crimes.”
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Andrew Sherwood and Katherine McGrath.
DEFENDANTS Case Number 22cr748-CAB
Daylan Lamont Camp Age: 28 Pasadena, CA
SUMMARY OF CHARGES
Conspiracy to Engage in Sex Trafficking of Children – Title 18, U.S.C., Section 1594(c)
Maximum penalty: Life in prison and $250,000 fine
Homeland Security Investigations
San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force
This case is the result of the ongoing efforts of the Violent Crime and Human Trafficking (VCHT) Section. Formed in 2019, the VCHT is tasked with leading collaborations between federal and local law enforcement in the investigation and prosecution of cases involving violent crimes, firearms and gang cases; sex trafficking and child exploitation; civil rights, and labor trafficking. The VCHT Section oversees the Southern District of California Coordinators for Project Safe Neighborhoods, Human Trafficking, and Project Safe Childhood. The VCHT Section also provides federal prosecutors to the downtown San Diego Violent Crimes Task Force-Gang Group, the North County Gang Task Force, and the East County Gang Task Force.
Media Relations Director Kelly Thornton (619) 546-9726 or Kelly.Thornton@usdoj.gov
Updated September 20, 2023
Press Release Number: CAS23-0920-Camp