Pair Sentenced to State Prison in Long Beach, LA Human Trafficking Case • Long Beach Post

Two men were sentenced today to state prison and ordered to register as sex offenders for the rest of their lives, culminating a human trafficking case that involved a 20-year-old woman in Long Beach and a 15-year-old girl in Los Angeles.

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Bobby Joe King, 25, was ordered to serve a 23-year prison term in connection with his January 24 no contest plea to a felony count of human trafficking to commit another crime and his admission of a gang allegation.

Co-defendant James Mark, 28, was sentenced to six years in state prison for his no contest plea to human trafficking of a minor for a commercial sex act.

Prosecutors said both men are documented gang members.

King met the 20-year-old woman in Long Beach several months after encountering her online in 2015 and made the woman work for him as a prostitute, according to Deputy District Attorney Troy Davis.

Mark met the 15-year-old girl in a park, displayed a gun and forced the teen to work for him as a prostitute, according to the prosecutor.

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