A Ventura County judge has sentenced a man to nine years in state prison for his conviction on charges of human trafficking of a minor, pimping, and pandering.
32-year-old James Powell of Sacramento was arrested after investigators discovered him running a sex trafficking operation out of a Camarillo motel in March of 2018.
They discovered he was taking the female juveniles and young adult women throughout the state as part of an extensive commercial sex operation.
The female victims ranged in age from 14 to 22 and most were from the Sacramento area.
One of the victims told investigators she had been beaten and threatened by Powell.
Powell had pleaded guilty to causing a minor to engage in a commercial sex act and pimping.
In addition to the nine years in prison, Powell must register as a sex offender.