SF man convicted in teenage human trafficking case

A 28-year-old San Francisco man was convicted this week of a bevy of crimes including human trafficking for forcing young teenage girls to engage in prostitution.

The case against Jamar Geeter marked the first of its kind prosecuted by the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office following new state laws passed by voters in 2012 that more strongly punish crimes like human trafficking.

Geeter was convicted by a jury late Wednesday of 16 felonies, including human trafficking, rape, forcible oral copulation, and pimping and pandering, according to the District Attorney’s Office. He faces 150 years to life in prison.

“This defendant preyed upon two children and attempted to profit off them as though they were property,” District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement. “Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery that will be met with firm consequences.”

Court records show Geeter approached the 14-year-old victim, a Daly City resident, on July 6, 2014, at a bus stop at Geneva Avenue and Mission Street and persuaded her to go with him by offering to buy her a burrito.

He plied her with alcohol, took her to a hotel and committed sex acts with her while she was drunk, then used a second young prostitute to help lure the girl into prostitution, according to prosecutors.

She worked for him from July 7-11 in San Francisco and then was taken to Oakland, where she escaped, only to be forced into prostitution for another pimp after being tricked by another prostitute who offered to help her.

The girl, who had been reported missing by her parents, was eventually located by Daly City police on July 15 after she was able to use a cellphone Geeter had provided her to contact her friends and mother.

The second victim, a 16-year-old girl, came into contact with Geeter and a 16-year-old male friend of his on Dec. 31, 2014. The male friend exchanged phone numbers with the victim and her friend, and later traveled with Geeter on Jan. 1, 2015, to meet the victim and her friend in Richmond and take them to San Francisco, prosecutors said.

Once in The City, the victim’s friend left her with Geeter. The victim tried to seek help from another friend, but Geeter moved her to the Civic Center Inn and later raped her and disabled her phone, according to prosecutors. He then put her out to work as a prostitute in the area of Polk and Ellis streets.

Family members made repeated attempts to reach the victim, but it was not until Jan. 4 that she was able to post on Facebook that she was scared. On Jan. 5, she was able to call her family for help and they were able to arrange for her release, prosecutors said.

DNA evidence was found linking Geeter to the 16-year-old victim, prosecutors said. The 16-year-old victim is now enrolled a joint high school and college program, while the 14-year-old victim has since earned her high school degree and welding certificate.

The case marked by the first by the DA’s Office under Prop 35, (Californians Against Sexual Exploitation (CASE) Act), which changed to state laws to more strongly combat human trafficking and exploitation. The new laws call for higher prison terms for human traffickers, and require convicted human traffickers to register as sex offenders, among other changes.

Geeter is scheduled to be sentenced on March 24.

Bay City News Service contributed to this report

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