Christopher Moss, 33, was arrested last month in North Hollywood on suspicion of pimping. Information obtained during and after his arrest touched off a larger investigation which extends into multiple states. According to investigators, Moss may be part of a much larger pimping ring that travels from city-to-city.
During the investigation, authorities were able to find multiple online profiles created by the suspect on dating websites to lure unsuspecting women in the area. Detectives say Moss first posed as a modeling scout in his profiles, and has been using them for about two years to contact women in various cities across the country. They found profiles on popular social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, as well as a large list of dating websites. After being charged, Moss pleaded not guilty to one charge each of pimping and human trafficking. Current,y he is being held in custody in Castaic.
Human trafficking is covered under California Penal Code 236.1 PC and is described as:
- Depriving someone of their personal liberty in an attempt to obtain forced labor or services from them
- Depriving someone of their personal liberty in an attempt to violate one of California’s laws against pimping and pandering, California’s child pornography laws, or California’s laws against extortion and blackmail, or
- Persuading or attempting to persuade a child into committing a commercial sex act with the intent of violating one of the laws listed above
PC 236.1 PC is always a felony in California, the penalties for which include 5 to 12 years in California state prison and a fine of up to $500,000.
California Penal Code 266h PC covers California’s pimping laws. A person can be charged with pimping if they receive some or all of the revenue from another person’s prostitution services. Like human trafficking, pimping is always charged as a felony in California and the potential penalties include up to 6 years in California state prison, and/or felony probation.