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Posted by Fay Arfa | Jul 06, 2017 | 0 Comments

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A Minnesota man was arraigned today for human trafficking and attempted pimping of two fictitious minors he met through social media.



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Nigel Ezekiel Samuels, 25, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Charged today with:

  • (2) Human Trafficking of a minor
  • (2) Attempted pimping of a minor
  • Pandering

14 years and eight months in state prison

Pre-trial hearing

July 13, 2017, 8:30 a.m.

Department C-55, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana

Circumstances of the Case

Samuels is accused of being a human trafficker/pimp who exploits women and/or children for financial gain. With the rise in popularity of social media and ease of meeting people on the Internet, many pimps and human traffickers utilize a variety of social media to locate potential victims.

  • On May 22, 2017, the defendant is accused of speaking with members of the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF) who were posing as a 17-year-old girl through social media.
  • The defendant is accused of encouraging the fictitious minor and her fictitious 16-year-old friend to work as sex workers, and stating he wanted to become their pimp.
  • On June 30, 2017, Samuels is accused of flying from Minnesota to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to pick up the two teens.
  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), LAX Police, and OCHTTF investigated this case and arrested the defendant at LAX.

Members of the 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, FBI, Irvine Police Department, Newport Beach Police Department, OCDA, Orange County Sheriff's Department, Santa Ana Police Department, and community and non-profit partners.

Deputy District Attorney Brad Schoenleben of the HEAT Unit is prosecuting this case.

Proposition 35 and HEAT

To read more about California's anti-human trafficking Proposition 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 # 17CF1662 / July 5, 2017

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Fay Arfa

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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