Victimized girls branded by pimp? Human trafficking horror in court

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An alleged pimp’s “stable” of underage, branded victims is expected to be the focus in court when the suspect is arraigned Wednesday on federal charges of trafficking a 16-year-old girl and advertising her services online as an Inland Empire-based prostitute.

Lawrence Gunn Jr., 32, who was arrested without incident last month at a Woodland Hills apartment complex, faces felony charges of conspiracy and sex trafficking, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Gunn — also known as “Classified” — branded his victims with tattoos of his nickname to mark his “stable” of sex workers, federal prosecutors allege.

The investigation into Gunn began in February when the 16-year-old was traced to a Moreno Valley motel, where authorities discovered five victims who were working for Gunn — three of whom were minors, court documents allege.

Several of them had tattoos that read “Classified,” including the 16- year-old girl, who had the tattoo over her right eye, according to court papers.

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