PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man who took two girls from Eugene, Oregon, to Vancouver, Wash., supplied them with drugs, forced them to have sex and collected payment for it, has been sentenced to nearly 17 years in prison.
Assistant US Attorney Pamela Paaso said Johnl Jackson, 34, used force and coercion to traffic the girls, ages 14 and 15, and mentored another man who also forced the girls to have sex. sex with men for money, reported The Oregonian/OregonLive.
Jackson was arrested in 2019 in Vancouver. Paasco says that with two co-defendants, Jackson recruited girls, promoted sexual services, gave the girls to customers and split the profits.
In March, a jury convicted Jackson of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking, sex trafficking of a child, forcible sex trafficking, fraud or duress, and transportation of a minor with intent to engage in sexual activity.
One of the victims listened to the hearing by phone and submitted a written statement to the court, saying in part that Jackson had done the most unspeakable thing to her and that she was glad he couldn’t hurt another little boy.
Victims, in separate instances in 2018, were eventually able to escape and call family members, and in one case, a 14-year-old girl convinced a man at a Battle Ground, Washington, barn party where she had been taken, to help her.
Jackson’s attorney, Per C. Olson, said Jackson has no criminal record and had a difficult life with his father in prison, homelessness and drug abuse.
Jackson told the judge that he did not feel he got a fair trial.
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