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Posted by Fay Arfa | May 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was sentenced to 26 years in state prison today for trafficking, pimping, and pandering a 16-year-old girl in Santa Ana.

Defendant Charges Sentence
Isaiah Rene Harris, 27, Hawthorne Pleaded guilty on April 6, 2018, to the following felony counts:
  • Human trafficking of a minor
  • Pimping a minor
  • Pandering a minor over 16 years old by procuring
  • Conspiring to dissuade a witness

Prior serious and violent felony convictions

  • Robbery in 2009 in Los Angeles
  • First degree burglary in 2009 in Los Angeles
  • 26 years in state prison
  • Mandatory sex offender registration pursuant to penal code 290

Circumstances of the Case

  • Harris is a human trafficker/pimp who exploits women and/or children for financial gain. The victims are required to turn over all payment they receive for sex acts from sex purchasers to their pimp.
  • Between Aug. 1, 2015, and Aug. 15, 2015, Harris trafficked 16-year-old Jane Doe and persuaded her to engage in commercial sex acts in areas known for prostitution and human trafficking in Santa Ana.
  • The defendant collected earnings the victim received from engaging in commercial sex.
  • On Aug. 15, 2015, Harris drove a vehicle with Jane Doe sitting in the passenger seat and committed a traffic violation on Harbor Boulevard and Hazard Avenue in Santa Ana.
  • A Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) officer conducted a traffic stop on the defendant's vehicle.
  • SAPD arrested Harris after further investigation and discovering evidence within his vehicle consistent with prostitution and human trafficking.
  • While in custody at Orange County Jail, Harris contacted another person and repeatedly directed her to make contact with the victim to ensure that she did not testify or cooperate with law enforcement.

Members of the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF) and the Orange County District Attorney's (OCDA) Office work proactively to protect women and minors from falling victim to commercial sexual exploitation. This case was investigated by OCHTTF, a partnership between Anaheim Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Costa Mesa Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, Huntington Beach Police Department, Irvine Police Department, OCDA, Orange County Sheriff's Department, SAPD, and community and non-profit partners.

Prosecutor: Senior Deputy District Attorney Daniel Varon, HEAT Unit

Proposition 35 and HEAT

To read more about California's anti-human trafficking Proposition 35 (Prop 35) and the OCDA's Human Exploitation and Trafficking (HEAT) Unit, please visit and select Human Trafficking Information from the Media Center drop down menu.

Orange County District Attorney / Case # 15CF2100 / May 11, 2018

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Fay Arfa has the distinction of being Certified as a Specialist in two separate areas of law – Criminal Law as well as Appellate Law – by the California State Bar, Board of Specialization. The National Board of Trial Advocacy has also awarded her a board Certification in Criminal Trial Advocacy. ...


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