Hercules Resident Pleads Guilty to Transporting Multiple Minors Around the United States for Prostitution
SAN JOSE—Jamal Raphael Broussard pleaded guilty in federal court today to transportation of minors for prostitution, announced U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag and FBI Special Agent in Charge David J. Johnson.
In pleading guilty, Broussard admitted that beginning in the summer of 2010 and continuing at least through May 2013, he recruited and transported two minor females and caused them to engage in commercial sex acts, knowing that they were high school students younger than 18 years old. Broussard admitted that he received the money from the minors for their engaging in these commercial sex acts as he acted as a “pimp” for these minors, providing them with clothing, giving them instructions, and advertising their services on the Internet using pictures of the minors to solicit customers. Further, Broussard admitted to having arranged or induced the travel of these minor victims, providing the minors with fake identifications and sending them from California to almost every state across the country for the express purpose of engaging in prostitution.
Broussard, 24, of Hercules, California, was indicted by a federal grand jury on October 16, 2013. He was charged with two counts of sex trafficking of children, in violation of Title 18, United States Code Section 1591; two counts of transportation of minors for prostitution, in violation of Title 18 United States Code Section 2423; and two counts of coercion and enticement for prostitution, in violation of Title 18 United States Code Section 2422. Under the plea agreement, Broussard pled guilty to the two counts of transportation of minors for prostitution.
Broussard, who has been in custody since his arrest on October 30, 2013, is currently being held in Santa Clara County Main Jail pending his sentencing.
Broussard’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for August 13, 2014, at 9:30 a.m., before The Honorable Lucy H. Koh, United States District Court Judge, in San Jose. The maximum statutory penalty for each count in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2423 is 30 years, with a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment and a fine of $250,000, plus restitution if appropriate. However, any sentence will be imposed by the court only after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of a sentence, 18 U.S.C. § 3553.
Amie Rooney is the Assistant U.S. Attorney who is prosecuting the case with the assistance of Nina Williams and Tracey Andersen. The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the San Jose Police Department Human Trafficking Task Force.
Anyone who suspects instances of human trafficking are encouraged to call the FBI or the Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888. Anonymous calls are welcome.
In addition, suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-843-5678.