Posted 11:13 PM 9/13/2012 : Reports show new info in child prostitution bust
TUCSON - Police reports show new information about a child prostitution bust.
Keshon Derrick-Lavel Jett pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempted child prostitution, according to the Pima County Superior Court.
Jett will be sentenced October 12, 2012, and could face almost 9 years in prison.
He placed an online ad for a 16-year-old Marana runaway girl. He named her Pleasure in the advertisement, according to Tucson Police reports.
She met with potential clients but never became a victim because she got scared, according to the reports.
The teenager was working on South 6th Avenue near the Rodeo Grounds. Police were investigating a shooting nearby, talked to her and noticed something was suspicious.
The police reports said her "pimp," who goes by the name of Fade, "had dropped her off there and told her to ‘Walk the track.' She clarified that he meant to walk up and down 6th Ave and smile at males passing by to secure a deal."
Officers also learned he had taken pictures of her in lingerie as she "posed bent over on the bed in the motel."
The girl arranged a meeting with Jett at a Benson Highway motel where he was arrested.
Years ago, Jerry Peyton's daughter ran away and became a victim of child prostitution. A couple of her close friends committed suicide within 1 year.
"She wasn't looking for this. She wasn't even thinking about it," Peyton said. "Someone approached her."
Peyton is glad he was fortunate enough to find his daughter 3 weeks after she ran away.
"I thought I was going to rescue my little girl and it's going to be, ‘Oh daddy, you're here. Save me,'" Peyton said. "Instead, she cusses me out and tells me where to go, where to shove it, and I'm like, ‘who is this?'"
She was running drugs across the border in Nogales and being used as a prostitute, according to Peyton.
"She said, ‘well Dad, I literally wanted to die, and I was doing things to help that happen,'" Peyton said. "She said, ‘I didn't have the guts to kill myself, but I thought if I kept doing these things, it would eventually kill me.'"
That was decades ago, and that victim is now married with kids.
Jerry Peyton is now the director of Streetlight Tucson, a group that wants to end child trafficking.
"These guys pay to do stuff they've seen on porn flicks," Peyton said. "They pay to do stuff their wives won't do. These girls are just abused."
One third of runaways are lured into sex slavery, according to Streetlight.
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