Houston Rapper Gets Fed Time for Sex Trafficking
A 27-year-old Houston rapper was convicted Monday of conspiracy and sex trafficking by a federal jury. Jaimian Sims, who was a member of The Sauce Factory, was accused of trafficking both juvenile and adult females, with two other conspirators, identified as Tabbetha Mangis, 22, of La Grange, and Gary Shawn Haynes Jr, 23, of Houston.
According to prosecutors, Sims directed Mangis to find Haynes a girl for prostitution. the co9-defendants lured a 17-year-old girl from her home and taken to a large home in Northwest Houston, referred to as “The Mansion.”
The girl was kept there, and eventually take to an Express Inn where she was given an identification card to rent a room. Prosecutors said the girl was given the identification card by an adult trafficking victim, who was ordered by Sims to take photos of the girl to be used in online sex ads.
The adult trafficking victim testified that she was scared of Sims because he always carried a gun and he had assaulted some of the other women who engaged in commercial sex on his behalf.
Jurors learned that the 17-year-old victim wanted to be “arrested” because she was afraid that Sims, Mangis, and Haynes would think she was speaking to law enforcement on her own.
Mangis and Haynes previously pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing. Sims will remain in federal custody until he is sentenced on Aug. 14.
Sims faces a minimum of 10 years and up to life in federal prison and a possible $250,000 maximum fine.