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July 13, 2017: Pair Convicted of Human Trafficking of a Minor in Long Beach

Sarah Ardalani, Public Information Officer
(213) 257-2000

Two men have been sentenced to prison for trafficking an underage girl in 2015, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

At today’s court appearance, Michael Barnes (dob 5/1/82) and Jamelvin Moore (dob 12/24/84) each pleaded no contest to one felony count of human trafficking of a minor in case NA101198.

Moore also admitted he was previously convicted of second-degree robbery in 2005.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James D. Otto sentenced Barnes to five years in state prison, while Moore was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Both defendants also were ordered to register as lifetime sex offenders.

Deputy District Attorney Troy Davis of the Victim Impact Program, who prosecuted the case, said in January 2015, Barnes and Moore posted a listing on a classified advertising website that solicited sex with a minor.

When police met with the underage girl, she disclosed the defendants directed her to have sex for money, according to the prosecutor. The victim then led authorities to a home, where police apprehended the two defendants, the prosecutor added.

The case was investigated by Long Beach Police Department.