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June 2, 2017

San Bernardino man sentenced to 185 years to life in state prison for human trafficking


Demetrius Manning (Booking Photo)

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.– A San Bernardino man was sentenced today to 185 years to life in state prison for human trafficking.

A jury found 29-year-old Demetrius Manning, of San Bernardino, guilty in May 2015 of human trafficking, rape, false imprisonment, criminal threats, felony assault and kidnap for rape.

According to Lead Deputy District Attorney Melissa Rodriguez, who prosecuted the case, Manning had met the 23-year-old victim and lured her in by telling her that he could help her with her music career.

“When she got to his residence she realized that he didn’t have any interest in helping her with her music but forced himself on her, raping her and forcing her to perform other sex acts,” said Rodriguez, who is the lead prosecutor of the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit.

During the incident, Manning told the victim that he was going to make her work as a prostitute under the name “Treasure” and that she would turn all of the money over to him.

“Thanks to the great work of the San Bernardino Police Department and our Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit, we took another trafficker off the streets,” District Attorney Mike Ramos said. “We will continue working collaboratively with all of our law enforcement partners to prevent future victims and combat human trafficking in this region.”

Contact: Christopher Lee, Public Affairs Officer (909) 382-3665 or via email at or via text at (909) 782-5559




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