People v Darius Swain

On November 5, 2018, a jury convicted defendant Darius Swain of six felony counts, including human trafficking of a minor with force, pimping of a minor, pandering of a minor, robbery, felon in possession of a firearm, and felon in possession of ammunition.

In April 2017, Defendant Swain was introduced to 15-year-old Jane Doe through another juvenile girl he was actively exploiting. Defendant Swain would drive Jane Doe and two other young girls (14-years-old and 17-years-old) to known prostitution areas throughout the Bay Area. He would drop the girls off and watch them from his car to make sure they were soliciting men for sex. The girls were required to give all the money that they received from sex acts to Defendant Swain. The girls described multiple incidents of physical abuse during the time Defendant Swain was exploiting them. On one occasion the defendant broke a girl’s nose because she looked another man in the eyes which was in violation of Defendant Swain’s rules.

On April 20, 2017, Defendant Swain was stopped in San Jose with all three underage girls on a street known for prostitution. Concerned citizens called the police and gave statements that all three girls had been in the location throughout the night, working. During the stop, San Jose Police Department discovered that one of the girls was underage and removed her from the situation. Jane Doe and the other minor gave false names and were released back to Defendant Swain.

On April 21, 2017, Defendant Swain picked up 15-year-old Jane Doe from International Boulevard in Oakland. Defendant Swain demanded that Jane Doe hand over all of her money. Jane Doe refused to give the defendant her money because she wanted to buy a greyhound ticket back home. The defendant responded to Jane Doe by driving her to a desolate area in the Oakland Hills. He then stripped Jane Doe completely naked, beat her, forcibly took her belongings, and abandoned her on the street. Defendant Swain drove off and never contacted Jane Doe again.

On June 21, 2017, the 14-year-old minor was detained by Alameda County Sherriffs during a human trafficking sting operation. In the juvenile’s purse was identification cards that belonged to Defendant Swain. Officers followed the young girl back to a Western Union where they located the defendant. Defendant Swain was arrested and his backpack was searched. Inside of his backpack was an unregistered 1911-style, Kimber .45 cal. semi-automatic handgun, with 7 rounds loaded in the magazine.

Defendant Swain is scheduled to be sentenced on January 8, 2019.

The case was prosecuted by DDA April Smith with the assistance of DA Inspector Tim Bergquist and DA Victim/Witness Advocates Alex Stanley and Yuen Chiang.

Posted on Nov 16, 2018