San Jose: Child sex trafficker sentenced to 17½ years

SAN JOSE – A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced a 29-year-old Sacramento man to more than 17 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to sex trafficking of children in cities including San Jose and showed signs he planned to continue his criminal activity from behind bars.

Damari William Singleton, also known as “Game God,” ran a prostitution ring from December 2014 through early 2016, according to a sentencing memorandum filed last week by the San Jose division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors said Singleton repeatedly recruited girls and women from troubled homes with histories of sexual abuse to work as prostitutes. Styling himself as a “Romeo pimp,” he kept them compliant through false promises of love and romance, while isolating them from their families and support systems to make them dependent on him.

Singleton also abused his victims, including a 15-year-old Washington state girl, who he hit and called names.

“She worked almost every day for about a month, earning Singleton thousands of dollars and engaging in more than 10 dates a day,” the memo states. “The situation ended around September 2015 when (the victim) ‘couldn’t do it anymore’ and she ‘just left.’”

A federal grand jury indicted Singleton on Dec. 15, […]

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