April 2010

Defendant Convicted of Human Trafficking and Sexual Assault Apr 5, 2010

On April 2, 2010 a jury convicted Vincent Turner forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, kidnap for the purpose of financial gain from the human body, and pandering by procuring and human trafficking. On April 7, 2009 the defendant kidnapped a 16 year-old girl who was working as a prostitute from the area of 46th Ave and International Blvd. in Oakland after posing as a potential “date”. The defendant took the victim to his apartment in Stockton and explained to her that he had been watching her and wanted her to “help run his girls”. He also told her that if she wanted to leave she would have to pay him $2500. After unsuccessful attempts to raise the money, the defendant offered to lower the price to $1000 if she had sex with him. Fearing that she would not be able to get back home and that the defendant would hurt her if she did not go along with his plans, the victim acquiesced and had sex with the defendant. The next day, the 16-year-old victim talked the defendant into taking her back to Oakland. Once there, the young victim ran from the defendant’s car and flagged down Oakland police officers. The following day, the defendant kidnapped a 15 year-old girl from Oakland and took her to the same apartment in Stockton. The defendant told this victim that if she wanted to go she would have to pay him $1000. When she failed to produce the money, the defendant made her work as a prostitute and required her to have sex with him. After almost a week with the defendant, she was able to escape after he left her alone in a motel room in Oakland.

Sentencing will take place on June 25, 2010. The Prosecutor was DDA Sharon Carney.