A Los Angeles man was charged with 14 felony counts today in Los Angeles, for the alleged trafficking of girls as young as 13 for the purpose of commercial sex.
A release issued by the LA County District Attorney’s Office (DA) alleges 40-year-old Raylondo Roberts sexually trafficked or sexually assaulted eight girls ranging in age from 13 to 17 between August 2011 and this past July, in addition to assaulting a 23-year-old woman with a firearm in March and physically assaulting two of the girls.
Specifically, Roberts is charged with six counts of human trafficking of a minor for commercial sex, three counts of committing a lewd act on a child, two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and one count each of pandering and procuring a minor under 16, pimping a minor 16 or older and assault with a firearm.
The case is being prosecuted by Deputy District Attorneys Guillermo Santiso and Jane Creighton with the Sex Crimes Division.
The Long Beach Police Department and the Los Angeles Police Department’s South Bureau Human Trafficking unit investigated the case, according to the DA’s office.
Roberts’ bail has been set at $4.5 million. He was arrested Monday and faces life in prison if convicted.