TEXAS – According to a report, rapper Mike Jones was arrested by San Antonio police earlier today on human trafficking charges after an ongoing 4 months investigation.
Police say the accused, Jones and a fellow friend of the rapper, forced their victims to work as prostitutes from hotels and motels and then collected and kept their earnings.
“It takes a lot of courage for the victims to come forward,” San Antonio police inspector Jonas Dresden said. “These pimps will groom them, they will build a relationship with them, they’ll try and build a trust with them. In most cases, they’ll try to make the victim believe that they’re in love with them. These victims are sometimes just looking for attention and affection and these pimps know exactly what these girls are looking for and they feed off of that.”
He also added that prostitution is a common way to earn money in the criminal world, claiming it’s often more lucrative than trafficking in guns or drugs, or even rapping.
Jones, who is currently being held on $100,000 bond, is facing between 5 to 14 years of imprisonment. However, if aggravated assault, aggravated sexual assault, or death were to come into play, the maximum penalty is life imprisonment.