“The Game”

Up until now we’ve seen a veritable parade of anonymous pimps, human traffickers, and the lowest of the low who would defend them. For the most they have been faceless unknowns. Shady drifters and lowlifes. But the dangerous reach of human trafficking extends beyond categories of wealth or class.

We have received news that a well-known Houston rapper has been convicted of trafficking underage girls for sex, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Jaimian Sims, 27, who went by “Sauce Lean” as a member of the local rap group The Sauce Factory, was arrested two years ago after authorities rescued a teenage girl from a motel off the North Freeway.

He now faces sentencing a possible life sentence (plus a possible fine of up to $250,000). on charges of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a minor and sex trafficking of a minor, federal officials said. A federal jury found the rapper guilty after eight hours of deliberation. He will remain in custody pending an Aug. 14 sentencing hearing.

During the five-day trial, the jury heard testimony that Sims trafficked both adult and minor females for the purpose of selling them for sex.

In one instance, he directed other co-conspirators to find a girl for prostitution, the release said. In that case, the 17-year-old victim was picked up from her home and taken to a 5,000-square-foot home in northwest Houston known as “The Mansion,” the release said.

After a brief stay there, testimony revealed that she was taken to an Express Inn, where she was given an identification card to rent a room, authorities said. Sims then directed another person — only identified in the release as a “adult victim” — to take photos of the girl for online advertisements.

Is this starting to look familiar? Fake names, multiple attempt to obfuscate locations and their identities? Illicit online advertisements? This is the exact same strategy Backpage itself employed with its multiple shell companies and hidden crypto currency transactions.

Not to mention the intimidation tactics.

Readers of this blog will remember it was Tony Ortega’s job to be the attack dog, the rabid mouthpiece ready to tear into anyone who would look too closely into the ties between Backpage and human trafficking. (See: the story of Amber Lyon.)

In the case of the Houston rapper turned pimp, the victim said she was afraid of Sims because he always carried a gun and, according to testimony, would routinely attack the women he was trafficking.

She said she wanted to be “arrested” because she was afraid Sims and others would think she was speaking to law enforcement on her own.

“This dovetailed with the government’s expert testimony on victimology and the pimp/prostitution subculture amongst those involved in that world as ‘the game,'” the official release said.

The victimology, with its cycle of attacking and playing the victim card, is precisely the defense Tony Ortega provided for Backpage. It’s also the defense Tony Ortega’s bosses are repeating as they await their trial in January 2020 year.

In the world of pimps and prostitutes they call it ‘the game’… To Tony Ortega it’s just another day at the office.

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