Judge sen­tences sex traf­ficker of a mi­nor to 40 years in prison

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics - BY CHUCK NEUBAUER

A fed­eral judge in Ore­gon on June 3 sen­tenced a 39-year-old man to 40 years in prison for tak­ing a teenage girl from Seat­tle and forc­ing her with beat­ings to work as a pros­ti­tute in Port­land. The girl’s story was the cor­ner­stone of an April 25 ar ticle in The Wash­ing­ton Times on sex traf­fick­ing in this coun­try.

[“Sex traf­fick­ing called a na­tional epi­demic”, May 2 edi­tion, page 16.]

U.S. District Judge Michael W. Mos­man in Port­land handed James Al­bert Jack­son the sen­tence sought by pros­e­cu­tors af­ter Jack­son pleaded guilty in March to sex traf­fick­ing a mi­nor through force, fraud and co­er­cion. Jack­son also was sen­tenced to five years of su­per­vised re­lease.

“To­day, the 40-year sen­tence handed down [. . . ] for James Jack­son, a vi­o­lent and preda­tory sex traf­ficker of chil­dren, sends a firm but clear mes­sage to oth­ers in the District of Ore­gon who are en­gaged in this form of mod­ern-day slav­ery,” U.S. At­tor­ney Dwight C. Holton said.

Pros­e­cu­tors said Jack­son beat the girl, then 15, about three times a week and had a his­tory of vi­o­lence against women.

He had 26 prior crim­i­nal con­vic­tions on var­i­ous as­sault and drug charges, they said.

The girl, whom The Wash­ing­ton Times called Jane, wrote the judge that Jack­son “de­serves all the time you can give him.”

She did not tes­tify at the sen­tenc­ing be­cause she was still haunted by the “emo­tional night­mare” of what had hap­pened al­most three years ear­lier, ac­cord­ing to her at­tor­ney.

Jack­son con­vinced the girl to leave her trou­bled home in Seat­tle in 2008 and go with him to Port­land, where he promised her a nice house, car and fam­ily, pros­e­cu­tors said.

Mo­ments af­ter they ar­rived, Jack­son told her she had to “sell her ass,” court records show.

When she ob­jected, he choked and punched her un­til she agreed to be a pros­ti­tute.

“He made me be­lieve I was not hu­man and I was just for one thing, to make money for him,” she told The Times in April, call- ing her life a night­mare and suf­fer­ing bruises and scars from many beat­ings.

She told the judge, “I re­mem­ber the first week I worked for him on the streets; he would rip out my hair and punch me in the face. He threat­ened to break my neck and leave me dead in the streets. When I tried to fight back, he bit my fin­ger so hard it was swollen for days.”

Asked why she didn’t leave, she told The Times, “I had nowhere to go. I didn’t know any­body. Where was I to go? He threat­ened to kill me all the time.”

Ac­cord­ing to pros­e­cu­tors, the girl re­ceived ap­prox­i­mately $45,000 in pros­ti­tu­tion fees, money Jack­son kept and used for co­caine.

Ar­rested for pros­ti­tu­tion in Septem­ber 2008, the FBI asked her if she wanted to go to Chil­dren of the Night, a pri­vate res­i­den­tial fa­cil­ity. “If I had not got­ten ar­rested, I truly be­lieve that James would have killed me later on that evening,” she wrote the judge. “There is no doubt in my mind that he is ca­pa­ble of mur­der.”

She is now at­tend­ing col­lege, but she told the judge her past still ef­fects her.

Jus­tice for ‘Jane’: “Jane’s” eyes are pic­tured here in a hall­way at Chil­dren of the Night in Van Nuys, Calif. on April 20, 2011.

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