In a Louisiana federal courtroom Tuesday, a 25-year-old Dallas pimp has pleaded guilty to trafficking an underage girl from Dallas to New Orleans.
Taurean Jackson is looking at life in prison and a $250,000 fine for taking a 16-year-old girl from Mesquite, as well as another woman charged as an accomplice, to New Orleans in July 2013 after advertising their services online. According to a December 2013 indictment, Jackson was also charged with obstructing a federal investigation.
That indictment says Jackson set up shop in Dallas in March 2012 when he opened an escort agency called Star City Vixens in a retail strip along Regal Row near Stemmons Freeway. The indictment says Star City Vixens advertised “upscale adult entertainment” and said it would bring “team members” to to the Super Bowl, the NBA All-Star Game and other major sporting events.
In August of that year, says the indictment, Jackson launched an online radio show (more like an online party line, based on one archived episode) called Cheap Hoes Gotta Gounder the moniker Marvelous Rich. Says the indictment, “the show consisted of Jackson conducting interviews with pimps and prostitutes, discussing nuances of the pimp/prostitution ‘game,’ and providing a call-in forum to ‘let pimps and hoes speak there [sic] mind.”
According to federal authorities, in June 2013 Jackson and a woman — identified by name in court records, but only as “A.B.” in a press release — met the 16-year-old girl and recruited her to work as a prostitute. “As part of his recruitment process, Jackson showed the victim a video he recorded and uploaded to Youtube.com that depicted the purportedly glamorous life of a prostitute and showed Jackson and A.B. in a hotel room, riding in a stretch limousine, drinking champagne, and eating a heaping plate of nachos,” says the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Jackson and A.B. “used vehicles, public highways, hotels, telephones and the Internet to facilitate commercial sex acts,” says the indictment. Court documents say the couple trafficking the girl to Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin and Baton Rouge, and plied her with alcohol and marijuana as a means of “numbing her senses [and] controlling her behavior.”
A press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office says Jackson also “beat and choked” the woman referred to as A.B. “on multiple occasions, often in front of others.” And, says the release, “on several occasions, Jackson burned A.B. with lit cigarettes to discipline her.” Federal officials Jackson often “disciplined” A.B. in front of the 16-year-old and told her “he would do the same to her if she ever tried to leave him.”
In July 2013 Jackson took A.B. and the Mesquite girl to New Orleans, and on July 10 undercover officers arrested A.B. and the girl in a Metairie hotel room after calling Jackson’s cell phone to set up an appointment.
A.B. pleaded guilty in September 2014 to helping traffic the girl, and faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. She will be sentenced on April 8. Jackson will be sentenced on May 20.
He Says in the Video below he is against Pimping on Minors but that’s exactly what he was arrested for….
UPDATE: (July 22 2015)
mp who used Internet videos to lure a teenage girl into prostitution was sentenced to more than 22 years in prison by a federal judge in New Orleans on Wednesday (July 15), U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite announced.
Taurean Jackson, who went by the nicknames “Marvelous Rich” and “Richard Marvelously” was sentenced to 270 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan. Jackson, who was arrested after Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s deputies arrested two of his prostitutes — one of them just 16 — in a Metairie hotel room during a 2013 sting operation, pleaded guilty in February to sex trafficking of a minor and obstruction charges.
In court records, Jackson admitted to recruiting the teen for his Dallas-based “Star City Vixens” escort service in 2013, showing her videos he had posted to YouTube that showed Jackson and his “bottom” prostitute, Andrea Birdow, riding through Dallas in the back of a limousine, drinking champagne and eating from a heaping plate of nachos.
Jackson also created a radio program in the Dallas area called “Cheap Hoes Gotta Go,” a show that “addressed the nuances of being a pimp,” according to court records.
Jackson had recruited Birdow shortly after he formed Star City Vixens in 2012. Birdow pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of children and was sentenced earlier this month.
In court records, Jackson admitted to choking and beating Birdow, and also burning her with cigarettes.
Jackson and Birdow met their 16-year-old victim in Dallas in 2013, and in the ensuing weeks drove with her to cities in Texas and Louisiana to have sex with men for money, court documents say. Jackson had the teen watch Birdow perform sex acts as part of her training, court records state, and Jackson disciplined the teen by beating her — once whipping her with an extension cord.
Birdow and the teen were caught by police after setting up an encounter at a Metairie motel in July 2013 with undercover deputies on the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s vice unit.
“Jackson was a brazen sex trafficker who preyed on a vulnerable women and girls,” Polite said in a statement.
“Today’s significant sentence finally brings him to justice. It also continues our law enforcement community’s enhanced efforts in fighting human trafficking in our area.”