Pimp Pleads Guilty to Sex Trafficking of Minors

The victims, some as young as 15, were recruited from Inland Empire-area high schools and taken to Compton to work the streets, prosecutors allege.


The leader of a gang-run prostitution ring that recruited girls as young as 15 years old in Riverside and surrounding cities is facing 30 years in prison after admitting he was guilty of sex trafficking and other charges.

Paul Edward Bell, 29, of Lynwood was the eighth and final defendant to plead guilty or be convicted in connection with the sex-for-money operation busted by local, state and federal law enforcement officials in July 2012.

Bell was slated to go to trial Monday, but instead pleaded guilty to two counts each of sex trafficking, conspiracy and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips has yet to certify Bell's plea deal with the U.S. Attorney's Office, which calls for a 30-year term. She set a sentencing hearing for March 30.

Bell was indicted along with Kimberly Alberti, 20, of Riverside; Javiya Brooks, 21, of Lynwood; Kristy Harrell, 21, of Riverside; Gary Rogers, 25, of Moreno Valley; his brother Samuel Rogers, 23, of Moreno Valley; Christopher Weldon, 24, of Compton; and Su Yan, 31, of Rosemead.

All of the men, with the exception of Yan, are reputed members of the Rolling 60s Crips, based in Los Angeles.

"The defendants in this case lured minor victims from school with false promises of a glamorous lifestyle, only to sexually exploit and abuse them in furtherance of the gang, and for their own financial gain," said Bill Lewis, assistant director of the FBI's Los Angeles Field Office.

"January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and (this) announcement should send a message to those with similar intentions of targeting minors that the FBI and our task force partners are committed to investigating allegations of sex trafficking and sending them to prison," he said.

According to prosecutors, seven girls between 15 and 17 years old were recruited into a street-level operation centered on Long Beach Boulevard in Compton. In several instances, victims were approached at their schools and enticed into working as prostitutes with the lure of basic amenities, including hairdos, nail jobs and free meals, prosecutors said.

Alberti, who was enrolled at a Riverside high school, initiated contact with the victims -- four of whom Bell admitted keeping under his personal control, court papers show.

"Bell admitted physically abusing one victim 'for not performing as a prostitute and for acting up,"' according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

All of the defendants pleaded guilty over the last six months. Alberti was sentenced to two years in federal prison, while Weldon was sentenced to six. Like Bell, the remaining defendants are awaiting sentencing.   

The investigation was conducted by the Inland Empire Child Exploitation- Prostitution Task Force, comprised of personnel from the FBI, Riverside Police Department, Riverside County Sheriff's Department, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department and other agencies.

—City News Service

Alek J Hidell January 15, 2014 at 10:01 PM
basic amenities --- 'hairdos and nail jobs" LOL
Brenda January 15, 2014 at 11:08 PM
Some teenage girls think those are the most important things in life and to wear name brand clothes. :/ Its so sad. That the two already sentenced are only getting 2 to 6 yrs is just as horrible as the crimes they have committed. We are talking about so many charges, felonies here starting with stalking, and onto kidnapping, etc. etc. etc. they are countless and these creeps get to plea out? NO DA should let anyone plead out on a case like this, NEVER. Unless they figure they will get what is coming to them by the tough guys in jail/prison who hopefully will give these menaces to society a VERY just sentence. I am sickened by our own dang criminal justice system who continues to either not give a sufficient sentence or none at all. To these people who commit horrible crimes to other human beings, children. The people who can get one DUI after another and keep walking. KIll someone and they get 1 to 4 yrs. Or a person who thinks they own the road running lights, speeding around town running over people in other cars, and getting their license suspecded for a year, after murdering that person. Why do we have so much crime? Because there is no punishment and what there is is so cushy these guys love to be in jail!! Its a vacation for them. Makes me sick what these people did to little girls and basically they are walking, when you take into account any time already served.
TVOR January 16, 2014 at 12:55 AM
The man ought to be sentenced to two hours........in the same room with all of the dads of the girls.
Brenda January 16, 2014 at 04:43 AM
Yep, or the Moms. Or probably jsut one Mom could kick their ass's that is why they prey on young girls.
Libi Uremovic January 16, 2014 at 08:57 AM
'...enticed into working as prostitutes with the lure of basic amenities, including hairdos, nail jobs and free meals,...' if a kid can be talked into prostitution for food they don't have parents at home taking care of them.....
JJ Mclure January 16, 2014 at 10:07 AM
send them to gitmo and throw away the key
Cathy Neumann-Bearse January 16, 2014 at 10:55 AM
Libi? What a naughty thing to say ... I assure you they probably will but remember they are still girls and being enticed by "worldly" things!
SA January 16, 2014 at 11:05 AM
I have worked directly with these teens and it is not always a direct result of their parents’ rearing skills or lack-there-of. The animals that ‘recruit’ these teens fill their heads with promises, backs with clothing and pockets with cash. As soon as the girls are hooked all the attention stopped and the teens are full blown prostitutes… The animals should be shot on spot.
Aaron Powers January 16, 2014 at 11:23 AM
These teens, unfortunately, are the supply. The demand comes from the "Johns." There would be no need for these girls' services if the "Johns" did not exist in the first place. I support legalizing prostitution, but not at the minor level. Reduce the demand, and you'll reduce the supply.
Libi Uremovic January 16, 2014 at 11:27 AM
it's a sad reality in our culture that working families are struggling just to survive - they don't have the time or ability to protect their children....
Libi Uremovic January 16, 2014 at 11:37 AM
'... The animals should be shot on spot. ...' they find young girls because that's what their customers want..... the only way to stop human sex traffic is to stop the demand . ... but no heteros want to admit that it's them, their brothers, their friends, their co-workers.... for every child prostituted on the streets there's a hundred men standing in line wiling to pay top price to destroy the child's life .... and what do they get in return...??? everyone knows that it's evil, but evil is a powerful drug.....and highly addictive....
Don Lambert January 17, 2014 at 07:47 AM
This is a terrible crime that for too long has been swept under the table. There are now some activist groups working to bring more pressure on its eradication.


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