FT. LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – A Lauderhill man will have to wait until next February to learn how much time he’ll spend in prison for prostituting young girls.
On Friday, Deangelo Jones, 20, was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors and two counts of sex trafficking of minors.
During his three day trial, three of Jones’ victims who ranged in age from 12 to 14 when they worked for him, and all runaways at the time, testified that Jones prostituted them.
According to the trial evidence, Jones lured the girls to work as prostitutes for him in exchange for protection, and in the case of one girl, promises of love.
Prosecutors told the jury Jones would instruct the girls on when it was time to “post” referring to posting advertisements for their “escort” services on a website called Backpage.com. When the customers arrived at the hotels, they would engage in sexual activity with one or more of the minors.
Following these “dates” the minors were required to give Jones all of their earnings. One of the minors testified that after a “date,” she attempted to keep $20 for herself, and when Jones found out, he beat her and stripped off her clothes in front a hotel room full of people.
Two of the victims, including a 12 year old, testified that Jones engaged in sexual activity with them within hours of meeting them.