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A convicted gang member became the first defendant in Orange County on Friday sent to prison for human trafficking of a prostitute for the benefit of his street gang, according to prosecutors.

Tavaris Daniels Mims, 33, of Anaheim, was sentenced today to 24 years to life in prison. He was convicted in a jury trial March 4 of human trafficking, pimping, pandering, aggravated assault, criminal threats, dissuading a witness by force or threat and street terrorism. Jurors also found true a sentencing enhancement for personal use of a knife and criminal street gang activity.

After beginning a relationship with the 27-year-old victim and moving in with her he persuaded her to become a prostitute and turn all of the profits over to him, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

Mims used the prostitution profits for the benefit of his gang, prosecutors said.

In May of last year during an argument with the woman, a knife-wielding Mims threatened to kill the victim and her family if she sought help from police. Anaheim police heard about the incident and arrested the defendant.

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