ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE
Case # 14NF3903
Date: June 5, 2015
*This is the first OCDA HEAT case that proved trafficking was committed for benefit of criminal street gang
SANTA ANA – A gang member was sentenced today to 24 years to life in state prison for human trafficking, pimping, pandering, and assaulting a woman with a knife for the benefit and in association of a criminal street gang. Tavaris Daniels Mims, 33, Anaheim, was found guilty by a jury March 4, 2015, of one felony count each of human trafficking, pimping, pandering, aggravated assault, criminal threats, dissuading a witness by force or threat, and street terrorism with sentencing enhancements for personal use of a knife and criminal street gang activity.
Circumstances of the Case
Mims is a human trafficker/pimp who exploits women for financial gain. Between Feb. 1, 2014, and June 1, 2014, Mims began a romantic relationship with 27-year-old Jane Doe, and moved into her home. Mims is a member of a criminal street gang and frequently used Jane Doe’s home for activities of his gang. Mims pandered the victim by convincing her to engage in commercial sex acts for money and turn over 100 percent of the profits to him. Continue reading