Investigators said that in May 2014 Haines and King took a 15-year-old girl and a 17-year-old girl from Las Vegas to Pomona, Calif., and Los Angeles, intending to sell them for sex on the website Backpage.
-- FBI Safe Streets Task Force arrested 50-year-old James Joseph Jr. and his common-law wife Avisa Lavassani, 34, on suspicion of human trafficking in Danville, CA. Also arrested was 42-year-old Oakley resident Anthony Reynolds, who authorities allege aided the Danville couple. The large-scale operation spanned the country and served some high-end clients in cities including Cleveland, Miami and New York. So far, authorities have been able to identify at least six women victimized in the sex trafficking ring over the past 14 years.
-- Marcus and Robin Thompson of Park Hills, MO are charged with luring girls into a multi-state prostitution operation. Thompson and his wife are charged with conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of children and by force fraud or coercion. Marcus Thompson also faces a second count of sex trafficking of a child by force, fraud or coercion. Court documents indicate a 15-year-old girl was walking down the street in Madison County in early June when the Thompsons, riding in a pickup truck, approached her asking if she wanted to do some modeling. Four other girls were in the vehicle. Instead of modeling its alleged the couple took the 15-year-old and others to Florida, Tennessee, Texas and New Mexico where she was sold for sex acts, it apparently went on for weeks. The couple earned $1,000 a day from prostituting the child. The 15-year-old said another girl died in her arms during the multi-state travels.
-- Javier Solis, 29, and Michael Andrade, 34, both of Fresno, CA, have been convicted of bringing two underaged girls to the San Luis Obispo area. According to court documents, they coerced the girls -- ages 15 and 17-- into illegal drug use and prostitution.