Lake Charles man convicted of human trafficking
LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Christian Tyler Zimmerman, 20, has pleaded guilty to one count of human trafficking, one count of distribution of heroin, and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
According to the Parish District Attorney’s Office Zimmerman admitted to selling heroin to an undercover officer.
Prosecutors also say Zimmerman used heroin to get a woman to perform commercial sex acts for which he would receive money.
“The female involved was in the 19 to 20-year-old range. He used the heroin and got her strung out on heroin to engage in commercial sexual activity and that is what’s so heinous about this entire event,”said Calcasieu District Attorney John DeRosier.
DeRosier said prosecuting such offenses is a high priority for his office.
“We will not tolerate people who distribute any type of drugs, particularly, something as strong as heroin. That is a major crime and it attracts a lot of attention from this office. Number two. Human trafficking is by far one of the most serious crimes we have and that we are addressing in Calcasieu Parish,” said DeRosier.
DeRosier says anyone who sees suspicious activity, that could be human sex trafficking, should contact authorities.
“There is more human trafficking that originates locally than people know about,” said DeRosier.
“In a human trafficking scenario, generally it would be a female who is being enticed or subjected to some sort of abuse whether it’s physical abuse or abuse in the form of drug dependency to engage in commercial sexual activity on behalf of somebody else,” he said.
Judge Sharon Wilson sentenced Zimmerman to 10 years for human trafficking, 10 years for the possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and 25 years for the distribution of heroin.
All of his sentences are to be served concurrently at the Louisiana Department of Corrections.
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