Memphis pimp convicted of sex trafficking minors in New Orleans

Memphis pimp convicted of sex trafficking minors in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A federal jury convicted a Memphis man accused of sex trafficking of minors in New Orleans.

The jury convicted Timothy Jones, 25, on all eight counts.

The charges included conspiracy to commit sex trafficking, sex trafficking two minor females through the use of force, fraud and coercion and transporting a minor across state lines for prostitution.

Investigators say Jones also went by the names of "Lucci," "King Lucci," and "Lucci Loco."

In December of 2013, prosecutors say Jones met a 17-year-old girl from Baton Rouge and forced her to work for him as a prostitute in New Orleans until she managed to get away three weeks later.

According to a statement from U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite, Jones only paid the minor victim $10.

Then, in January of 2014,  prosecutors say Jones brought a 16-year-old girl from Memphis to New Orleans and forced her to work as a prostitute.

In both instances, they say Jones made the girls solicit dates on Bourbon Street, Chef Menteur Highway and through a website.

At trial, prosecutors and witnesses described how Jones used physical force and intimidation to control his victims. They say the girls were beaten for disrespecting him or not earning enough money.

"As proven at trial, Jones engaged in the sex trafficking of minors and used violence as a means of coercion," said U.S. Attorney Polite.

In February of 2014, a United States Marshals Task Force recovered the second victim and arrested Jones in a downtown New Orleans hotel.

Jones could face between 15 years and life in prison for his crimes.

In August of last year, an Orleans Parish jury convicted Jones of attempted second degree murder and three gun violations. He was sentenced to 100 years in prison under Louisiana's habitual offender law.

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