Man Sentenced in Attempted Human Trafficking Case on Facebook - NBC Southern California

Man Sentenced in Attempted Human Trafficking Case on Facebook

Melvin Winslow attempted to recruit who he thought was 17-year-old girl to work for him as prostitute

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    Man Sentenced in Attempted Human Trafficking Case on Facebook
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    A San Diego man was convicted and sentenced Thursday, Oct. 17, 2014 for human trafficking after attempting to pimp a girl who was actually an undercover police officer on Facebook, prosecutors said.

    A San Diego man was sentenced Thursday to six years in prison in a case of human trafficking on Facebook after he tried to offer up the sexual services of a person he thought was a girl but who turned out to be an undercover police officer, prosecutors said.

    Melvin Winslow, 31, was sentenced after he pleaded guilty to one felony count of attempted human trafficking of a minor, according to a press release from the Orange County District Attorney's Office.

    His sentence was suspended pending completion of five years probation, officials said in the release.

    In April, Winslow befriended who he believed was a 17-year-old girl on Facebook, officials said.

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    He then attempted to recruit her to work for him as a prostitute, and told her he would tattoo her with his "team logo."

    Anaheim police and California Highway Patrol officers arrested Winslow in San Diego County in April.

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