Jason Roger Pope is a South Carolina promoter and disc jockey who may have trafficked nearly 700 Black women and girls. He is currently behind bars in the Florence County Jail and the under-reported story is getting little to no attention in the national or mainstream media.
“Pope’s charges include promoting the prostitution of a minor, kidnapping, three counts of trafficking people, and criminal sexual conduct with a minor in the second degree. Investigators allege Pope solicited a person under 18 for sex trafficking,” local news outlet WBTV reported this week.
Arrests warrants say the 42-year-old was arrested on Aug. 29 and that “Pope forced four minor girls to perform sex acts for money” from July 2017 and July 2019. He allegedly “engaged in sex acts with these four minors.”
From Sept. 27, 2017, and Dec. 13, 2017, he reportedly forced a “16-year-old to engage in commercial sex acts,” which means he forced them to perform sex acts for money and other “valuable things
July 1, 2018, and Sept. 1, 2019, is accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old and is accused of paying the victim for sex act and paid the victim for sex acts.
More warrants claim between July 1, 2019, and July 30, 2019, “authorities learned through social media that Pope solicited a 17-year-old, identified as T.C., for commercial sex acts, and the victim received money and other things of value from Pope.”
WBFM reported that Pope has AIDS, which was revealed by a 13-year-old victim. It is crime to infect or expose someone to HIV or AIDS in the state of South Carolina but he has not been charged with that crime.
“Seeing who he had next door, these young girls they looked like there were very young, underage maybe, and they stayed over there some and then they’d disappear,” an unidentified neighbor of Pope said.
Pope’s still active Facebook page he wrote, “I’m 36 with 693 BODIES (All Black females), WBU?”
On Monday, his attorney withdrew his request for a bond hearing and did not give a reason.
See the news clip below.
Sadly, sex trafficking affects African Americans at higher numbers. Essence reported 40 percent of victims of human trafficking are African-Americans and 52 percent of all juvenile prostitution arrests are African Americans — when they are children, not sex workers.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) is asking for anyone to contact them if they have more information on the case, give SLED a call at 866-472-8477.