PHOENIX – A central California man was sentenced July 14, to 120 months in federal prison for sex trafficking of a minor following an investigation by special agents with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) assisted by the Mesa Police Department, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).
Jahque Dijion Williams, 21, of Los Angeles, previously pleaded guilty to sex trafficking of a minor.
“This lengthy sentence is a testament to the repugnant nature of child sex trafficking which only perpetuates the trauma endured by young victims,” said Scott Brown, special agent in charge of HSI Phoenix. “HSI agents make it a top priority to protect minors from victimization by working with law enforcement partners to investigate traffickers to ensure they are held accountable for their heinous actions.”
On July 23, 2020, the Human Trafficking Unit of the LAPD found the 17-year-old minor, who appeared to have been physically assaulted, at a Los Angeles hospital. The victim indicated that she first met Williams on July 19, 2020, through her social media account and he invited her to a party in Phoenix. At the party, she realized it was a “recruiting party” for commercial sex workers. Williams then transported the minor and another adult female to Los Angeles where he told the minor she would work for him. Williams gave the minor details about the amount of money she would bring back each night. On the trip to Los Angeles, Williams prevented the minor from leaving the car by activating the child lock on his vehicle.
HSI also encourages the public to report suspected sex trafficking or any suspicious activity through its toll-free Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE, or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators. From outside the United States and Canada, callers should dial 802-872-6199. Hearing impaired users may call TTY 802-872-6196.
HSI takes a victim-centered approach to child exploitation investigations by working to identify, rescue and stabilize victims. HSI works in partnership with National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) partners, and other federal, state, and local agencies to help solve cases and rescue sexually exploited children. Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to NCMEC’s toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST. HSI is a founding member of the Virtual Global Taskforce, an international alliance of law enforcement agencies and private industry sector partners working together to prevent and deter online child sexual abuse.
One of HSI’s top priorities is to protect the public from crimes of victimization, and HSI’s child exploitation investigations program is a central component of this mission set. HSI is recognized as a global leader in this investigative discipline, and is committed to utilizing its vast authorities, international footprint and strong government and non-government partnerships to identify and rescue child victims, identify, and apprehend offenders, prevent transnational child sexual abuse, and help make the internet a safer place for children.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood (PSC), a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the DOJ Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, PSC marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.
The United States Attorney’s Office, District of Arizona, Tucson, and Phoenix, handled the prosecution.
Learn more about HSI Arizona’s commitment to combatting child exploitation at @HSIPhoenix.
HSI is the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel, and finance move. HSI’s workforce of over 10,400 employees consists of more than 6,800 special agents assigned to 225 cities throughout the United States, and 86 overseas locations in 55 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.