Man arrested who used MySpace and Craigslist to advertise sexual services of underage girlsApril 16th, 2009 - 2:45 pm ICT by admin
Santa Ana, CALIFORNIA (BNO NEWS) – A Florida man was arrested on April 13th for prostituting a 17-year-old girl he approached through MySpace after which he peddled her services on Craigslist, the United States Attorney’s Office in California announced on Wednesday.
The man arrested is 28-year-old Christopher Tyrone Young, who is also known as “Staydown”, from Orlando, Florida. He, who can be seen in the picture on the right, is being charged with one count of sex trafficking of children.
Young contacted the girl on March 24, 2009 after finding her profile on MySpace and began to communicate with her on a regular basis. They then moved to communicating on the phone. During one conversation, Young asked when the girl would turn eighteen, and she answered, indicating that he knew her status of being a minor from the beginning. In November 2008, Young purchased a Greyhound ticket for the girl and asked her to travel from Florida to Las Vegas, Nevada. He told her that he had a house, cars, and money; the girl was under the impression that he was going to make her a star.
Young took the girl to a hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. When at the hotel, the girl met another person by the name of ‘Honey.’ The girl identified her as another prostitute, who she believed to be Young’s “bottom girl”, aged eighteen. A “bottom girl” is a prostitute who is the most trusted by the pimp and may be assigned tasks such as recruiting other girls or transporting prostitutes to and from areas where they work. The girl believes that ‘Honey’ has been working as a prostitute for Young since she was fifteen years old.
While the girl was in Las Vegas, Nevada, Young indicated that he was nervous about the girl’s age. Young had the girl contact her foster mother to tell her that she was alright; Young was relieved when the girl’s foster mother told her to stay out of trouble. The following day, Young drove the girl and ‘Honey’ to Orange County, California where he made her leave all her personal belongings, including her clothes. Once arriving in Anaheim, California, Young told the girl that she needed to make Young money. This is the first time that the girl was used as a prostitute. She was given the information required to participate in Young’s prostitution ring, for example, she was told not to kiss clients on the mouth and how much to charge.
Young took pictures of the girl, of which some of them showed her bare breasts, buttocks and vagina. After Young took the pictures he posted them on Craigslist for the Orange County area. In this posting, the girl was advertised for sex. Young gave the girl the name “Krissy” in the Craigslist postings. A cell phone’s number was posted on the Craiglist as the contact number. The girl was told how much to charge for erotic services, $120.00 for one half hour and $250.00 for one full hour.
After the girl met with the customer for the purpose of exchanging sexual acts for money, Young would go to the girl and collect the entirety of the money from the girl. She was not to keep any of it. She was eventually put in an area where prostitutes regularly engage in prostitution. Sometime in the future, Young took the girl to Los Angeles, California for a false identification so that she was able to rent rooms at hotels, as she was under eighteen and could not otherwise. The girl was arrested twice for prostitution while working for Young, he instructed the girl that if she was arrested she had to use the name Salina Sap, which matched with the false identification he purchased from a Hispanic male on a street in L.A. She was ticketed and released on both occasions.
The girl was then taken back to Las Vegas, Nevada where she would work in an area where prostitution is rampant from 3:00 p.m. until approximately 10:00 p.m. During the day, the girl was posting ads on Craigslist. Soon afterwards, she was transferred back to Orange County, California. While there, the girl was given the drug ecstasy and Young engaged in unprotected sexual intercourse with the girl. At one point, the girl was soliciting sex in San Diego, California and began to experience severe pain during intercourse. The girl asked Young to take her to a doctor, and he refused at first. He eventually agreed and dropped her off at a hospital in El Cajon, California. A doctor told the girl she had vaginal tearing and bruising and advised her not to have sex for at least one week. In response, the girl asked the doctor to put it in writing so she could show Young. Young told the girl that she could still earn money with her mouth.
On February 13, 2009, the girl tried to leave Young in San Diego, California. The girl paid for a bus ticket and got on a Grayhound bus to get away from Young. Young called her on a consistent basis while she was away and she eventually answered one of his calls in which he persuaded her to come back. When she returned, Young told her he would “beat her ass” if she left him again. He also took her cellular phone away.
On another occasion, the girl saw how Young hit ‘Honey’ for losing her phone. She stated that Young hit ‘Honey’ “numerous times” while they were in a car. After the beating, “Honey” ran away but was eventually found by Young. The girl said she saw Young hit ‘Honey‘ a couple of times which made her “upset and scared.”
The FBI, which had been monitoring Christopher Young, discovered that his credit card was used to buy a Grayhound ticket and tracked him down to a Super 8 Motel.
‘Honey’ was arrested after a meeting was arranged by the police on March 17th, 2009. The information gathered from her arrest led to the arrest of Young on April 14th, 2009. The 17-year-old girl was arrested and was initially believed to be an adult. However, the girl was subsequently determined to be a reported endangered runaway minor out of Ocala, Florida.
Young, if convicted, faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison.
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