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News Release

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Media Relations

Human Trafficking Investigation Ends in Conviction NR16157dm

Los Angeles: On May 6, 2016, the Los Angeles Police Department's Operations-South Bureau Human Trafficking Task Force, in partnership with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, secured the felony conviction of a sex offender. It was the result of a 9 month long investigation into claims of Human Trafficking of a Minor.

52-year-old Kerman Lancell Brown, a resident of Los Angeles, California, was convicted of Human Trafficking of a Minor and Oral Copulation of a Minor. The victim in this case was a 17-year-old male from Rowland Heights, California. The investigation began when a minor reported the violent, sexual assault and abuse of his trafficker to the Human Trafficking Task force. It was determined that between June 30, 2015, and July 1, 2015, Brown forced the victim to perform sexual acts upon him, as well as persuaded and threatened the minor to work as a prostitute. On one specific occasion, Brown told the minor that he would "kill everyone he loved" if he attempted to escape, or successfully escaped his control.

Brown, a self-admitted gang member, pled guilty to Human Trafficking of a Minor and Oral Copulation of a Minor in Los Angeles Superior Court. He received a 14 year prison sentence and is a registered sexual offender for the duration of his life.

Anyone with information in regards to this suspect is asked to call Operations-South Bureau Human Trafficking Task Force at (213) 926-3963. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters "LAPD." Tipsters may also go to, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips."