I believe TMZ.com has been nominated for a Peabody for its regular "Who Would You Rather?" post, which asks which of two notables--like, from a recent one, Britney and Jamie Lynn Spears--readers would rather bone. (The feature is no doubt based on Reader's Digest's "Marry, Fuck, Kill.")
Well, ripped from the local court docket, is the following "Who Would You Rather?" pitting two couples of alleged pimps/human traffickers against one another.
Both couples have something else in common: each is facing charges based on Proposition 35, the anti-human trafficking initiative California voters approved in November.
Up first, Mark Wesley Anderson and Jaeleesa Jaemika Smith.
Their competition, Chuncey Tarae Garcia and Cierra Melissa Robinson.
Anderson, 27, of Seattle, Washington, is accused of meeting a 30-year-old woman who he later asked to work for him as a prostitute, according to an Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) statement that indicates the lady declined.
But, believing they were in a romantic relationship, she traveled in March with Anderson on what she believed to be an Idaho vacation with two other women, one of whom was 25-year-old Smith of Salem, Oregon. Once in Idaho, Anderson informed the 30-year-old they were short on money and she'd have to turn tricks to bring in some income, alleges the OCDA, which notes that to punctuate the point, he allegedly beat the other woman with a wire hanger.
Smith is accused by prosecutors of being Anderson's enforcer, telling the 30-year-old how much she must charge for various sex acts, denying her food and sleep if she did not return with enough money and forbidding her from using the bathroom unless Anderson did first. Smith is alleged to have hit the woman and taken and sold her food stamps as part of enforcing the rules
Between March 25-27, the woman was driven by Smith and Anderson to Orange County, where she was forced to walk the streets of areas known for prostitution areas, according to the OCDA, which adds the alleged pimp also posted personal ads for the woman's services. The defendants would collect all the money and deny the woman food and sleep if she did not meet her daily quotas in Anaheim, prosecutors claim.
She managed to break away and call a relative, who contacted the Anaheim Police Department, which investigated and arrested Smith and Anderson on March 27. He was also holding Ecstasy for sale, alleges the OCDA.
Anderson and Smith are charged with felony human trafficking of an adult, pimping, and pandering by procuring. Anderson also faces a felony count of possession for sale of a controlled substance. If convicted, Anderson he could get up to 20 years and eight months in state prison, while Smith is looking at 20 years herself.
Details on the case against Garcia and Robinson, which involves a 14-year-old girl, follow on the next page . . .
Robinson, 27, is accused of being the highest-ranking of Garcia's prostitutes as well as recruiting girls for him. She is accused in February of meeting and befriending the 14-year-old runaway out of state. One night, Robinson introduced the young teen to 33-year-old Garcia, and they took her to a motel with a promise of a job. What the girl did not realize until Garcia told her was that she would be working for him as a prostitute, according to the OCDA, which adds he and Robinson drove the teen to Orange County the next day.
She was forced to work the streets of Buena Park, and Garcia is also accused of taking out personal ads for the girl's sex services, collecting all the money she earned and denying her food if she did not earn enough. After her first day of work as a whore, the girl was allegedly raped by Garcia, who is said to have been a threat against the teen because she had seen him be violent toward another female.
As in the case involving the 30-year-old woman, the rules of the prostitution game were imposed on the 14-year-old, one of them being she was forbidden from looking at black men because they might be pimps who interpreted that as a come on to take her money, according to the OCDA.
Around 2 a.m. on March 1, Garcia, Robinson, the 14-year-old and another woman were in a car a Garden Grove police officer pulled over for having a broken headlight. Questioning the occupants, the cop became suspicious that a youth was out that late in an area known for prostitution. He discovered a missing persons report had been filed out of state shortly after the teen ran away. She was taken into protective custody, and Garcia and Robinson were arrested.
Garcia is charged with felony human trafficking of a minor by force or fear, pimping a minor, and forcible rape, with sentencing enhancement allegations for forcible rape of a minor 14 years of age and prior prison convictions for possession for sale of cocaine in 2007 and transportation of cocaine in 2009. He could get 28 years to life in state prison with a conviction.
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Robinson also faces felony human trafficking of a minor and pandering of a minor under 16 years old by procuring, and one misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. She could get 12 years.
Garcia and Robinson are each being held on $1 million bail.
Anyway, yeah, leave your comments below on which couple you'd rather . . .