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Federal indictment handed down after Anaheim police crack alleged pimping operation


Eric Wells

Two people have been indicted in an alleged multistate pimping operation that had at least two underage girls, and possibly others, turning tricks around California and the Southwest, including near Disneyland.

Authorities say they currently know of two young victims, ages 14 and 17, who were shuttled around and advertised as prostitutes on websites like MyRedBook and Backpage, then made to turn tricks in motels like the Motel 6 on Disney Way.

Eric Wells, 24, and Tonisha Moore, 22, were arrested late last month, and on Wednesday a federal grand jury handed down an indictment against them, the Orange County Register reports. Moore is described as a prostitute and the mother of Wells’ child. The teen girls in their service were not related to them.

Although Anaheim police cracked the case and the couple was tracked down in Sacramento, the couple allegedly crossed state lines with the girls -- three times in a nine-day period -- so are now in the custody of the FBI, according to reports. They face charges in federal court of sex trafficking of children, conspiracy and transportation of minors, and could face life in prison if convicted.