Local man heads to prison for sex trafficking teenager
HOUSTON – A 32-year-old man who resided in Houston has been sentenced to federal prison for trafficking a 15-year-old girl for commercial sex using force, fraud or coercion, announced U.S. Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani.
A federal jury convicted Giovanny Xavier Limon aka Ace or Ace One July 31 following a four-day trial.
U.S. District Judge David Hittner has now ordered Limon to serve 40 years in federal prison to be immediately followed by 10 years of supervised release. At the hearing, the court heard from the victim who recounted her ordeal, noting how she was young and desperate, how she showed her weakness and Limon took advantage of that and how she let him rob her of her happiness and a real smile. “Boy I’ve been waiting for this day,” she said. “To spit on you how you spit on me. My past does not and will not define me or my future, and after today I will not let you be in my shadow no longer. You took my life but I'm still breathing to live another day.”
“Sex traffickers have a PhD in manipulation using their skills to exploit our children and steal their innocence,” said Hamdani. “Although Limon stole that from this victim, he could not take her courage. She faced her oppressor at trial, recounting how Limon used her body, selling it to men as a commodity and raping it for his sick pleasure. Thanks to her, the next generation of children will be free—free from a predator’s grasp.”
“This case is a sad and angering example of innocence lost at the hands of sex traffickers like Limon who don’t care about anything other than exploiting our children,” said Acting Special Agent in Charge David Martinez of the FBI Houston Field Office. “Fortunately, the young victim in this case was rescued by law enforcement but not before being put through a month of hell by her trafficker. May his sentence serve as a promise to other sex traffickers and their victims that justice will be done.”
Limon trafficked a 15-year-old minor female for commercial sex during May and June 2022. After meeting her, he soon realized how he could isolate her from her companions and exploit her. She had no phone, little access to the internet and, most importantly, no money to support herself.
At trial, the jury heard evidence detailing how Limon forced the minor victim to engage in commercial sex with strangers on numerous occasions. Limon provided her with lingerie, photographed her and forced her to turn over all proceeds to him.
Limon caused the images to be posted, displaying his moniker “Ace One,” to commercial sex ads on the internet. The ads featured her posing in seductive lingerie on a bed. Limon and others created these ads portraying the minor as adult interested in engaging in commercial sex.
He controlled the victim and had them staying in several questionable motels. At one of these locations, he tattooed her entire inner forearm with the name of one of her relatives who she lost during the pandemic. The tattoo was so poorly done that after the trial, and with parental permission, she had it revised to represent something other than a memory of the Limon caused her.
Throughout the time she was with him, Limon provided her with illicit drugs, including meth, and fed her very little food. When he was not causing her to engage in commercial sex, Limon was having sex with her himself, knowing she was only 15 years of age.
The victim testified at trial describing her month-long ordeal in detail.
The jury also saw hotel records, internet sex ads and heard the testimony of the sexual assault treatment exam nurse.
Limon has been and will remain in custody where he will remain pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
The FBI conducted the investigation as part of the Human Trafficking Rescue Alliance (HTRA). Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sherri L. Zack and Kimberly Ann Bulger Leo prosecuted the case.
HTRA law enforcement includes members of the Houston Police Department, FBI, Homeland Security Investigations, Texas Attorney General’s Office, IRS Criminal Investigation, Department of Labor (DOL), DOL – Wage and Hour Division, Department of State, Texas Alcoholic and Beverage Commission, Texas Department of Public Safety, Department of Homeland Security – Office of Inspector General (OIG), Social Security Administration – OIG and Sheriff’s Offices in Harris and Montgomery counties in coordination with District Attorney’s offices in Harris, Montgomery and Fort Bend Counties.
Established in 2004, the United States Attorney’s office in Houston formed HTRA to combine resources with federal, state and local enforcement agencies and prosecutors, as well as non-governmental service organizations to target human traffickers while providing necessary services to those that the traffickers victimized. Since its inception, HTRA has been recognized as both a national and international model in identifying and assisting victims of human trafficking and prosecuting those engaged in trafficking offenses.