Woman Pleads Not Guilty to Prostituting 14-Year-Old Girl

RIVERSIDE – An 18-year-old Moreno Valley woman accused of pimping out a 14-year-old runaway girl for sexual services pleaded not guilty today to human trafficking and other charges.

Kayla Corithian Jackson was arrested Thursday at a Moreno Valley motel where she was allegedly keeping the victim, whose name has not been released.

Along with the trafficking count, Jackson was charged with felony pimping, pandering and compelling a child to perform lewd acts. She faces more than a dozen years behind bars if convicted.

Jackson appeared today before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Helios Hernandez, who appointed her a public defender, took her plea and set a felony settlement conference in the case for March 21.

Hernandez set bail for Jackson at $85,000. She is being held at the Robert Presley Detention Center in downtown Riverside.

District Attorney Paul Zellerbach said the case is illustrative of a growing trend countywide.

”Riverside County is unfortunately seeing more and more instances of human trafficking, causing us great concern,” Zellerbach said. ”This office will be taking a proactive approach in the prosecution of human trafficking cases.”

In November, voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 35, which mandates tougher penalties for convicted traffickers. If a case involves the enslavement of a minor for the purpose of sex trafficking, a defendant could face a life prison term.

According to sheriff’s officials, the Jackson case was uncovered after investigators came across an online ad posted on a popular social networking site. The victim’s picture was included in the ad, authorities said.

”These postings offered sexual services in exchange for money,” Sgt. John Sawyer said.

Acting undercover, members of the county Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force contacted the girl and arranged for an in-call encounter. They found her at a motel in the 23500 block of Alessandro Boulevard and took her into protective custody, Sawyer said.

”Further investigation revealed the 14-year-old victim was conducting prostitution under Jackson’s direction and guidance,” Sawyer alleged.

2 Responses to "Woman Pleads Not Guilty to Prostituting 14-Year-Old Girl"

  1. Preston   March 13, 2013 at 8:50 am

    We need an island someplace where we just drop off those not worthy of rehabilitation to carve out an existence for themselves.

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  2. Jaden   March 24, 2013 at 11:09 am

    I use to be friends with Kayla Jackson and I just can’t belive it. Some how everyone new something like this would happen. I was the friend who would tell Kayla to stay away frI’m these sexual activities because I never did it and I didn’t want her to get into something she couldn’t get out of. Well I guess I couldn’t help that when she told me before Christmas break that when we came back she wouldn’t be going to our school, she would be attending another one. After we went of for break. I didn’t here anythin from her. I would text an say Kayla I miss you but there was never a reply. I didnt find out about this until the Monday after it happened. It just shocked me and hurt me so much to think that I cared and befriended a girl who is know pimping and prostituting for money. what a shame. Kayla Jackson could have been much more than this. And as for the 14 year old runaway girl, I feel truly sorry for her. I wish I could go back in time to stop this before it fell into the council hands.

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