A 34-year-old man was arrested in San Diego, Calif., and charged with the sexual trafficking of a minor during an “incall” at a local hotel, The Smoking Gun reports.
Ironically, the alleged sex trafficker,Martell Davis, was allegedly wearing a T-Shirt with the print “I make pimpin’ look easy”on it. The victim Davis was allegedly trying to sell for sex was a 17-year-old girl.
The bust went down at a Best Western hotel after an undercover cop from a San Diego vice unit responded to an ad “advertising a female for prostitution.” When he met the teenager at the hotel, they negotiated an $80 fee for her services; she was cuffed soon after.
Officers then used the girl’s cell phone to text a person they believed to be her pimp. Pretending to be the teen, the cop texted, “How much for anal?” The alleged pimp replied, “Oh shit make him break the bank babe.” He added that she should charge at least $200.
Here is more on this story, according to The Smoking Gun:
After exchanging a series of texts with the suspected pimp–and arranging for him to pick up the underage prostitute–“Martell Davis arrived at the room where the date was set up with the undercover detective,” according to a U.S. District Court complaint. Arrested for pimping, “Davis was wearing a t-shirt that read ‘I make pimpin’ look easy,’” an investigator noted.
A search of Davis’s phone confirmed that the number was the same one used by the teen’s pimp. Additionally, cops “observed the text message conversation about the anal sex inquiry.” A review of a texting application on the girl’s phone showed her exchanging messages with Davis “discussing pimping and prostituting.”
The girl told police that she had not been forced to turn tricks by Davis, with whom she had been “sexually active.” The teen said that she had previously traveled with Davis (pictured above) to Yuma, Arizona, where she “worked as a prostitute engaging in 20-30 sex acts.” On that road trip, the teen added, the pair was accompanied by “other females that worked for Davis as prostitutes and that they all referred to each other as ‘wifey.’”
During police questioning, Davis said he was unaware that the girl was a minor, claiming he was “just helping [her] out,” adding that she paid him for this “protection.”
Davis is being held in a federal lockup in San Diego in lieu of $50,000 bond. He is scheduled for an August 22 bond hearing. Davis can face a minimum of ten years in prison, if he is convicted of the trafficking of a minor charge.
The irony of Davis’ arrest is that, according to The Smoking Gun, he posted a status on his Facebook page in September of 2012 deploring pimps who turn out minors:
“Let me say Idc of the bitch b day tomorrow and she be 18 if your fuccing pimping or touching that girl your pedifile and predator and imma do more than just Megan’s law you bitch ass so put this in your thoughts,” Davis wrote. He added, “I’m coming for niggas like you when I’m smoking wit my niggas and they bring this type of pimp nigga up I’m going to laugh find you and make your life miserable on my dead homies!”