For release on June 8, 2012
Leigh Frazier, Deputy District Attorney
Sexual Assault Team
HUMAN TRAFFICKER GETS PRISON
A 28-year-old San Jose man was sentenced Friday June, 8, 2012 to more than nine years in prison for trying to force one young woman to become a prostitute and succeeding with another – in that case a teenager.
Earlier this year, Chineda “Major Mac” Nwuzi was convicted of false imprisonment, criminal threats, pandering and human trafficking, all felonies. The human trafficking conviction was a first for the San Jose police department.
“Human traffickers prey upon the most vulnerable members of our society,’’ said Deputy District Attorney Leigh Frazier, who prosecuted the case. “They may make promises to their victims of a better life, but these relationships always end in violence, intimidation and sexual exploitation.”
Law enforcement experts say that the numbers of “commercially sexually exploited children” are rising dramatically in the county. Many have suffered prior sexual and physical abuse.
On June 11, 2011, Nwuzi offered the penniless transient from Waco, Texas a ride and a San Jose motel room to sleep in for the night. But the next day Nwuzi demanded money for the room. To pay him back, Nwuzi ordered her to work as a prostitute for him. He had already posted an advertisement for her services online and set her up with a client in San Francisco. The woman balked and was threatened and assaulted by Nwuzi. Fearing for her safety, she fled from the room while Nwuzi was on the phone. She asked the motel staff to call 911. Nwuzi was arrested.
A forensic analysis of his laptop found evidence of prostitution. Investigators also found explicit photographs that led them to a 17-year-old girl from a group home. Nwuzi was also exploiting her as a prostitute.
“These men are master manipulators,’’ said San Jose Police Detective Jeremy Martinez, who investigated the cases. “With some of these women, they truly believe the traffickers were their boyfriends. The women are seeking love. The men are seeking money.”
The South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking, which provides shelter, food and counseling to victims, helped both victims in this case - including funds for the adult victim to return home to Texas.
To report cases of possible Human Trafficking the public can call the National Human Trafficking Hot Line at 1-888-3737-888 or the San Jose Police Department’s Human Trafficking Task Force at (408) 537-1999.