Woman, 20, gets 5 years in prison for human trafficking in Tulare County

TULARE COUNTY, California - A 20-year-old woman from Patterson was sentenced to five years in prison for human trafficking in a Tulare County court Friday, the District Attorney said.

Talia Vasquez pleaded no contest on May 30 to a felony count of human trafficking of a minor for a sex act. On that same day, Vasquez's codefendant -- Lewis Shaw -- pleaded no contest to a felony count of accessory to the same crime.

In March, the victim ran away from her residence in Stanislaus County. She believed Vasquez was her friend and willingly came with her in Visalia, the DA said.

Vasquez told the victim she had a good job working as an entrepreneur giving massages to men in motel rooms and encouraged the victim to work with her, the DA said. Photos of the victim led the Visalia Police Department to learn that the victim and Vasquez were at a motel in the city.

Inside the motel room, officers located evidence showing that Vasquez intended to have the minor engage in sexual acts with others for money, the DA said.

Vasquez will be required to register as a sex offender. Shaw will be sentenced on July 14, 2017.

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