South L.A. Man Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison for Sex Trafficking Teen, Woman

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A 38-year-old man was sentenced to 16 years and eight months in prison on Friday for trafficking a 17-year-old girl and 23-year-old woman in South Los Angeles.

Benjamin Pennington pleaded no contest to three felony counts of trafficking a minor for a commercial sex act, human trafficking and dissuading a witness from prosecuting a crime. 

Pennington was also ordered to register as a lifetime sex offender, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office stated in a press release. 

Between February and December 2015, Pennington pimped the underage victim and advertised her for sex services online, according to the prosecutor.

The teen was arrested by officers while working for Pennington and revealed to police that the defendant was forcing her to be a sex worker, the prosecutor said. 

Pennington also pimped the 23-year-old woman late last year, according to officials. After his arrest, Pennington called the older victim and demanded that she continue prostituting herself while he was in custody.

He also ordered the woman to not testify in his criminal case, according to the D.A.’s office.