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SEX TRAFFICKING INVESTIGATION:: Ex-pimp says new tools help to recruit for oldest profession

Reported by: Marie Mortera
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Updated: 5/01 9:16 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- Nevada has been named a top sex trafficking destination, where pimps force girls, young women and men into the sex trade.

Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto says Interstate 15 in the south and I-80 in the north are trafficking routes for pimps.
Coming Friday: The complete overhaul of how authorities are fighting pimps.

Major events attract the clientele, and the internet creates a cyber-gateway

“James” says he was a successful, non-violent pimp -- also, a new cyber breed whose menacing nature taps out through a keyboard.

“It’s an industry where texting is a big key -- who can't do texting now?” he said. “It's the key: You can get internet access everywhere.

Known as KJ on the street, James says he was a millionaire only a few years ago, making a lucrative and illegal income selling young women -- even girls -- for sex.

“The youngest was 10 years old,” James said. “She ran away from home. Sorry to say, but that was my lifestyle.”

Money was his motive.

“You make $8,000, $15,000 a night in cash, and you're not paying taxes,” he said.

Living the high life and not paying for it. James says he was never caught for pandering. And, for this revealing perspective, he doesn't hold back from the ugly truth of his life, a tale of abusive manipulation and control.

“You lie to them, tell them you love them, basically say I'll support you,” he said. “You can live in my house as long as you pay me money. That’s how it is.”

James says that at one point, he trafficked as many as 15 to 20 girls in five states.

Eventually, the mayhem wasn't worth the money.

“If I want to be on the streets and a normal life, I need to step out,” he said. “If I don't want to be in jail, I have to open my heart up, and that's what I did.”

James left the sex trade, finding religion, redemption and recovery in a local church -- Casa de Luz -- located in an area of Las Vegas known as "Naked City."

He speaks out now about his life, hoping his experience will motivate parents to bond with their children.

“Once a pimp tells a girl ‘I love you,’ they got your daughters wrapped around their fingers,” James said. “And where they gonna be at? They're gonna be right here on Las Vegas Boulevard, hopping these casinos, thinking it’s cool, but when they get locked up, then it's a different story."

Fighting the daily urge to return to trafficking, this alleged former pimp says his faith, his wife, young daughter and new baby boy keep him from drifting back,

“I don't like talking about it, but I'm a changed man now,” he said. “Because I see it. I see it and now I just feel disgusted cause I did it."

His words to others in the illegal sex trade: "You can make yourself a better person. And I go out on the Strip and I tell them like, ‘What are you doing? This is not your life. You're not happy.’ "

James left Las Vegas in January and moved to Hawaii with his family where he hopes to stay straight -- working legally -- as a tattoo artist.


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