The District Attorney’s office announced Thursday that Jamar Geeter, 28, was found guilty of 16 felonies on Wednesday including human trafficking, rape and pimping. Two minors who were trafficked into prostitution in 2014 and 2015 –at times forced to solicit customers on Capp Street in the Mission – have ended a year-long human investigation by testifying against the man who raped and trafficked them.
Geeter will be sentenced on March 24 – he faces 150 years in prison. Geeter’s victims, a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old girl, managed to escape their captivity, but only after Geeter subjected them to days of prostitution in various parts of the city, including along Capp Street.
“This defendant preyed upon two children and attempted to profit off them as though they were property,” wrote District Attorney George Gascón in a statement. “Our humanity is not for sale, human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery that will be met with firm consequences.”
Geeter first met the 16-year-old victim on New Year’s Eve 2014, the District Attorney’s office reported. On New Years Day, he traveled to Richmond to pick up the victim and a friend of hers, under the guise of wanting to hang out with them in the city. The victim was later taken to Civic Center Inn, where Geeter disabled her cell phone and raped her, according to the District Attorney.
In the days following her abduction, Geeter instructed the girl as her pimp, providing her with condoms, a burner phone, and forcing her to engage in prostitution in the Tenderloin. The girl’s parents had reported her missing, and were first informed about the dangerous circumstances of their daughter’s whereabouts following a Facebook post on January 4, 2015. In it, the girl stated that she was “scared.”
On January 5, Geeter took his victim to the Mission. There, the girl was able to reach out her parents once more, who then devised a plan to rescue her.
According to the District Attorney, six months earlier, Geeter preyed on a 14-year-old girl who he met at a bus stop near Mission and Geneva streets. The girl, a Daly City resident, followed Geeter to the Mission District after accepting his offer of buying her a burrito and later alcohol. Just as he had done with his second victim, the District Attorney reported, Geeter then took the 14-year-old girl to a hotel in the Tenderloin, where she awoke the next day, naked and sore but unaware of what happened to her the night before.
Geeter also forced the 14-year-old victim into acts of prostitution in parts of the Tenderloin and in the Mission. On July 11, 2014, Geeter took the girl to Oakland, where she managed to escape, but later fell victim to another pimp. Four days later, the girl was returned home by police. Officers had managed to track the cell phone that Geeter provided to the victim, which she used to reach out to her parents.
The case is the first to fall under Proposition 35, a human trafficking initiative that passed in November 2012 and enhances state law by calling for higher prison terms for human traffickers and requiring them to register as sex offenders, among other things.
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