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Friday, December 2, 2016

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Los Angeles: On June 7, 2016 the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), Operations South Bureau Human Trafficking Task Force, in partnership with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, concluded by way of felony conviction of a 15 month investigation into a claim of a gang member pimping a female.

The defendant in this case, Christian Wheeler, 27 years of age, of Los Angeles, California, was convicted of pimping, under the California street terrorism enforcement and prevention act. The victim in this case was a 19 year-old female from Lake Perris, California.

The investigation began when the victim reported that Wheeler persuaded her to work as prostitute along Figueroa Street and Western Avenue in South Los Angeles. Wheeler demanded the victim to earn $400 to $500 dollars daily in which the victim was forced to give all of her earning to Wheeler. While the victim was under the control of Wheeler he threatened her with a firearm by placing the barrel of the gun in her mouth while holding her chin and stating "Look at me, I want to kill you right now, I should shoot you in the face". Wheeler also threatened to shoot and kill the victim's family. After several days of the victim being under the control of her pimp she was able to text message her father where she was located and then immediately deleted the text fearing Wheeler may see the messages. The text messages resulted in the victim's father notifying the police and the response of uniformed Los Angeles Police Officers.

Wheeler, a self-admitted gang member has pled guilty in Los Angeles Superior Court to pimping charges and violation the California street terrorism enforcement and prevention act. Wheeler received an 11 year sentence for his crime.

Anyone with information regards to this suspect is asked to call Operations South Bureau Human Trafficking Task Force at 213-926-3963. During non-business hours, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (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 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 LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.


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