A federal jury has convicted a Sacramento man of sex trafficking in a case involving five victims.
Percy Love III, 32, was convicted late Tuesday evening following an 11-day trial before U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley, according to a U.S. attorney’s office news release. Love was found guilty of three counts of sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion, one count of sex trafficking of a minor and one count of attempted sex trafficking of a minor.
According to evidence presented during the trial, Love had targeted young women and underage girls to work as prostitutes for him since at least 2007. The testimony of witnesses, including that of victims, showed that Love used charm to recruit and brute force to control the women and girls who worked for him, authorities said.
Court documents indicated that on July 22, 2013, Sacramento police officers were called to a report of domestic violence and found Love asleep in the front seat of a car with a woman whose sister had called in the report. The woman told officers that she was in a “working relationship” with Love. She claimed that Love had beaten her many times, and she reportedly had bruises and cigarette burns on her hand, arm and stomach.
Love was arrested that night on suspicion of domestic violence and possession of Ecstasy.
On Sept. 12, 2013, a federal grand jury indicted Love, charging him with two counts of sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion. Further investigation revealed more victims, and a superseding indictment was brought on March 13. Love has been in custody since his arrest, and he represented himself during the trial.
He is to be sentenced March 12 before Judge Nunley.
The case resulted from an investigation by the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force, a task force that includes representatives from the FBI and the Sacramento Police Department, with assistance from the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.