The mother and father accused of pimping two underage girls, 14 and 17 years old, near Disneyland in April have pleaded not guilty and, over opposition from the Department of Justice, demanded release from federal custody on bail.
But U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney declined to reconsider prior bail rejections for Eric Lamar Wells and Tonisha Alecia Moore, who face serious felony charges including sex trafficking of children, conspiracy, aiding and abetting, and transporting minors into prostitution.
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Wells and Moore, who are not related to the minors, have a child of their own and remained in federal custody in Santa Ana.
The operation was busted by on-the-ball Anaheim police, who spotted the 14-year-old girl on the street, according to court records.
When authorities learned that the girls had been sold for sex in Las Vegas, Scottsdale, Anaheim and Sacramento and Los Angeles, the state case against Wells and Moore was transferred to the Southern California Innocence Lost Task Force and federal court.