Category: Law and Order

Twenty Eight Arrested in Human Trafficking Sting

Late Tuesday night almost 30 people were arrested in sting targeting human traffickers in Compton.  The Sherrif’s department made the announcement Wednesday that they had put together a task force made up of various members of the of the Los Angeles County Sherrif’s Department along with FBI, District Attorney’s Office, California Highway Patrol, Los Angeles Unified School Police and Homeland Security Investigations have arrested 28 people, many of whom were men who had approached undercover officers soliciting a variety of sex acts.

The sting included the arrests of almost a dozen women who were charged with some form of solicitation.  Many had approached undercover officers to solicit money for various sex acts.  It also included the rescue of a 16 year old girl who had been brought to Compton from Texas for the purposes of prostitution.

Sex Trafficking

Many of the women who were arrested have agreed to some sort of help to remove themselves from the lifestyle that led them to prostitution, including getting away from the traffickers.  Of the dozen women arrested three that were part of the sting had been identified as victims of human trafficking and have agreed to accept help from the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking.  Three additional women are working with the police department and the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program.  This program is there to help women get off the streets, get an education and drug counseling if necessary and steer them in a better direction.

The 16 year old minor who originally from Houston, Texas had been sent to Southern California to escape local law enforcement back in Texas.  The FBI has returned her to her family back in Houston.  Human trafficking is a bigger problem in the United States and here in Compton than most people realize.  As much as the FBI and local and state law enforcement try and put a stop to it the problem is ongoing.  This is just the latest in a string of arrests.  Here is a closer look at the problem of human and sex trafficking.

Sex Trafficking of Minors

Of the group of men that were arrested there are still two that are in police custody.  One of the men, Juan Carlos Perez Rivas faces the charge of traveling to meet a minor for lewd purposes.  He had several online conversations with a deputy posing as a young girl, he was arrested after setting up a meeting with the girl in order to exchange sex for money.  He is being held on $75,000 bail  and is currently at the Century Regional Detention Facility.

Skyy De’Anthony Fisher: Day of Reckoning for Compton School Board Trustee

A San Diego Superior Court jury convicted Skyy De’Anthony Fisher of sexual assault, Jan. 28. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 29. Fisher faces eight years in prison. FIle photo

UPDATE: Former Compton school trustee Skyy De’Anthony Fisher convicted of sexual assault; faces eight years in prison – full story HERE

Originally published Sep., 2015:

COMPTON — The long-awaited sex molestation trial of Compton School Board trustee Skyy De’Anthony Fisher begins in San Diego Superior Court, Sept. 21, 2015. Fisher, 31, will stand trial on a felony charge of having sex with an unconscious person. If convicted, he faces a maximum eight years in prison, according to the district attorney’s office.

Fisher was arrested July 23 on suspicion of having sex with a sleeping 26-year-old man while the two were sharing a motel room during a vacation break in San Diego. During a preliminary hearing, the man testified that he awoke to find Fisher performing oral sex on him.

A native of Compton and a product of its educational system, Fisher was elected to the trustee board on Nov. 8, 2011, at age 28. He was the youngest member elected to the Board of Trustees since the conclusion of state receivership and the youngest African-American elected official in Los Angeles County and Southern California.

Fisher was the focus of intense public scrutiny after news surfaced of his alleged exploits and arrest, with several protests occurring in front of his Compton home calling for his resignation from the school board.

Throughout his tenure on the board, Fisher has been a lightning rod for controversy. He once made disparaging comments about slain teenager Trayvon Martin where he mocked the young victim in a podcast labeling him a “faggot.”

Fisher has also been arrested for driving under the influence.

Local activist Najee Ali, director of Project Islamic HOPE, who led the protests for Fisher’s resignation, was quoted in 2014 by a local blog in reference to Fisher’s character: “[Skyy] Fisher’s behavior by a publicly elected official has been disgraceful — from his shocking comments where he mocked the murder of Trayvon Martin calling our fallen brother a ‘faggot,’ to his D.U.I. arrest. Compton residents should have recalled Fisher. Now Fisher has been arrested for sexually assaulting an unconscious victim in San Diego.

“We have had enough. Fisher is a self-professed alcoholic who I believe is a sexual deviant who should not be working around our children. Therefore, our coalition of community leaders is calling upon Fisher to resign from the Compton School Board immediately.”

Fisher continues to serve as a trustee on the Compton School Board.

UPDATE: Fisher was voted off the Compton School Board in the November 3, 2015 elections – editor

Jarrette Fellows, Jr.
Jarrette Fellows, Jr., attended junior and senior high school in Compton, and founded the Compton Herald several years after his tenure as executive editor at Wave Community Newspapers in Los Angeles.