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Date: 05-16-2023

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United States of America v. Ashton Jordan

Case Number: 22-cr-2649

Judge: Dana M. Sabraw

Court: United States District Court for the Southern District of California (San Diego County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in San Diego

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Description: San Diego, California criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with transporting a woman from Nevada to Arizona to California in order to cause her to engage in prostitution.

Jordan was arrested in Arizona in November 2021 on sex trafficking charges following his indictment by a federal grand jury. He first came to the attention of law enforcement in July 2021 when the victim escaped from Jordan at a hotel in downtown San Diego. She reported at the time that Jordan had used violence against her to cause her to stay with him and prostitute herself for his financial benefit. Jordan was on probation at the time of his offense.

Jordan pleaded guilty in November 2022. In his plea agreement, Jordan admitted that he brought the victim to San Diego with the intent that she would be engaging in prostitution. During the time that Jordan was with the victim, he further admitted that he was physically violent with her on multiple occasions in order to cause her to engage in prostitution.

“I applaud the bravery of this victim,” said U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman. “The defendant’s reprehensible actions have forever impacted her life, and for that he will pay a high price. We will never relent in our pursuit of justice for victims.” Grossman thanked the prosecution team and the San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force for their excellent work on this case.

“Human trafficking and sexual exploitation destroy lives,” said California Attorney General Rob Bonta. “Today’s sentencing is another example of our commitment to hold perpetrators accountable and help survivors get a fresh start. I’m thankful to all of our partners on the San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force for their collaboration and I’m proud of our office’s work to help uplift vulnerable Californians. When we work together, we get results. At the California Department of Justice, we’re always ready to answer the call when it comes to standing up for public safety.”

“Jordan preyed on, manipulated, and exploited his victim for his own financial gain—he showed zero regard for human life,” said Acting Special Agent in Charge Houtan Moshrefi. “Sex trafficking happens every day, and it often occurs in plain sight. When you see something that doesn’t feel right, report it to law enforcement. FBI San Diego will continue to collaborate with our partners at every level to hold accountable all who believe a living being can be reduced to a dollar amount.”

Jordan has been detained in custody since his arrest in November 2021.

DEFENDANTS Case Number 22cr2649-DMS

Ashton Tylon Amir Jordan Age: 28 Phoenix, AZ


Transportation for Purposes of Prostitution – Title 18, U.S.C., Section 2421

Maximum penalty: Ten years in prison and $250,000 fine


San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force, which consists of:

Federal Bureau of Investigation

California Department of Justice

California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation – Parole

California Highway Patrol

ICE/Homeland Security Investigations

National City Police Department

San Diego City Attorney’s Office

San Diego County District Attorney’s Office

San Diego County Probation Department

San Diego County Sheriff’s Department

San Diego Police Department

United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of California

18 U.S.C. 2421 provides:

(a) In General.—
Whoever knowingly transports any individual in interstate or foreign commerce, or in any Territory or Possession of the United States, with intent that such individual engage in prostitution, or in any sexual activity for which any person can be charged with a criminal offense, or attempts to do so, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both.
(b) Requests To Prosecute Violations by State Attorneys General.—
(1) In general.—
The Attorney General shall grant a request by a State attorney general that a State or local attorney be cross designated to prosecute a violation of this section unless the Attorney General determines that granting the request would undermine the administration of justice.
(2) Reason for denial.—
If the Attorney General denies a request under paragraph (1), the Attorney General shall submit to the State attorney general a detailed reason for the denial not later than 60 days after the date on which a request is received.

Outcome: U.S. District Court Judge Dana M. Sabraw not only imposed the 108-month prison sentence, but also ordered Jordan to serve 10 years of supervised release following his release from custody.

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