Crime

Fresno man sentenced to prison for sex trafficking a minor in San Louis Obispo

Javier Solis, 29, of Fresno, was sentenced to 11 years and nine months in prison for sex trafficking of a minor on Monday, said U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner.

Co‑defendant Michael Anthony Andrade, 34, was sentenced to 12 years and seven months in prison on August 17, 2015.

According to court documents, Andrade and Solis forced two girls, ages 15 and 17, perform sex acts for money in Fresno and San Luis Obispo.

The 15‑year-old girl was taken to a tattoo parlor in Fresno where the defendants’ nicknames were tattooed on her, one name on each shoulder.

Court documents say the 17-year-old, a runaway, told Fresno Police officers about the 15-year-old who was still in San Luis Obispo under the control of the defendants in October 2013, after her mother brought her home from San Luis Obispo.

In response, the San Luis Obispo Police Department was contacted, and officers removed her from that location.

“The public should be outraged that men like Solis and Andrade market and ‘rent’ teens to others for profit and to the detriment of their young victims,” said Supervisory Special Agent Robert Guyton. “We are thankful for our collaborative relationship with the Fresno Police Department and other law enforcement partners. Working together, we can recover victims and ensure their exploiters face justice.”

San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Dan Dow, who prosecuted the case before it was filed in federal court, said “Collaboration, such as occurred here between federal, state, and local agencies, is the key to stopping human trafficking networks. We are pleased with the guilty pleas and the message that this tough sentence sends to anyone involved in sex trafficking of minors. We will continue to be vigilant to seek out and take down the perpetrators of human trafficking by using the collaboration of our anti-human trafficking task force.”

Bridget Webster: 559-441-6304, @bridgetw05

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