FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 15, 2019
Contact: Scott Alonso, 925-957-8638
Richmond Man Sentenced for 16 Years for 23rd Street Sex Trafficking Case
Martinez, Calif. – On April 12, 2019 Contra Costa Superior Court Judge Clare Maier sentenced Corell Olajuwon Hackett to 16 years and 8 months in state prison for sex trafficking two young women from 2016 to 2018. The 21-year-old Richmond resident received concurrent sentences for criminal convictions in several other criminal cases as well. Judge Maier also imposed criminal court protective orders barring Hackett from having contact with any of the victims for a period of 10 years and ordered him to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Human Trafficking Unit Supervisor Dana Filkowski praised the work of police investigators in this complex case, particularly the Richmond Police Department Bravo Team working to suppress trafficking along the 23rd St. corridor of Richmond and Richmond PD Family Violence Detectives Bureau.
DDA Filkowski stated: "The fact that an exploiter is also in a dating or intimate relationship with the victim is no defense to human trafficking. In fact, love and affection are often tools of manipulation and control used to keep the victim engaged in prostitution to benefit the trafficker and deter the victim from cooperating with law enforcement." DDA Filkowski also emphasized that under the law, a minor’s consent is never a defense to sex trafficking.
In 2016, 17-year-old Jane Doe 2 gave birth to defendant’s baby. Within weeks of the birth, defendant pressured her to go out and make money for him by working as a prostitute. She disclosed to a Richmond Detective working out of the Family Justice Center that Hackett took her from Richmond to San Francisco so that she could prostitute on five separate occasions and that she gave him all the money she earned. Not long thereafter, Hackett began a relationship with Jane Doe 1. He started trafficking this victim when she was 17-years-old by putting her on the “blade” in Richmond – the area around 23rd St. known for street prostitution.
The defendant was arrested in the fall of 2018 for a domestic violence incident against Jane Doe 1. Investigators later learned that defendant was using the recorded jail phone to continue to have contact with Jane Doe 1, in violation of the court order. In more than 100 separate phone calls between November 2018 and February 2019, Hackett used threats, coercion, menace and manipulation of Jane Doe 1’s love for him to keep the 18-year-old Jane Doe prostituting so that she could put money on his jail account.
The 16 year, 8 month prison sentence was handed down by Judge Maier after Hackett pleaded guilty to the following charges from the four dockets:
The sex trafficking and domestic violence cases (Dockets 02-329276-0 & 02-328628-3) were prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Dana Filkowski. The robbery and hit & run cases (dockets 05-180928-8 and 05-182443-2) were prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Christina Stevens and Deputy District Attorney Sarah Barkley.
If you or someone you know are being pressured to engage in prostitution to benefit or help support another person, help is only a phone call away. Contact Community Violence Solutions at 800-670-7273 to speak to a confidential counselor. Or visit the Contra Costa Family Justice Centers in Richmond or Concord to talk to a Navigator about a variety of services and support available right here in Contra Costa County. The Family Justice Centers are a family-friendly one-stop center serving victims of all human trafficking, domestic violence and other types of interpersonal violence. No appointment is needed and the centers are located at 256 24th Street in Richmond or 2151 Salvio St., Suite 201 in Concord.
To learn more about human trafficking in Contra Costa County, contact the Contra Costa Human Trafficking Coalition at www.contracostacoalition.org.