Bay Area Rapper Who Was Arrested in Concord Convicted of Human Trafficking

February 22, 2013 · 51 comments

A Bay Area rapper was convicted of human trafficking and pimping charges in Contra Costa County Superior Court on Friday and faces up to eight years in prison, a prosecutor said.

A jury today found Vallejo resident Joel Williams, 38, guilty of felony charges of human trafficking, pimping, pandering, transporting drugs and a misdemeanor domestic violence charge, Deputy District Attorney Chad Mahalich said.

Williams, also known by his rap name “J-Hype” under Vallejo recording label Thizz Nation, had at least three women working for him as prostitutes over the past few years, prosecutors said.

He was arrested in a Concord hotel room on Aug 23, 2012, after one of the victims called police, reporting that he beat her.

The woman, referred to in court as Jane Doe, also confessed to police that she had been working as a prostitute for Williams and that he had threatened to kill her if she attempted to leave.

The victim met Williams in November 2011 after moving to California from Minnesota. She began working for another pimp, her boyfriend at the time, but left after he became violent.

Around the same time, the woman met Williams and the two became romantically involved.

Not long after, the defendant suggested the woman start working as an escort to help the couple pay their bills. She initially agreed, and would give him the money she earned from johns.

Later, the victim decided she wanted to stop working as an escort, which angered Williams. He became violent and threatened to kill her or to have her killed by another Thizz Nation associate, Mahalich said.

Several people affiliated with the recording label were involved in drug and violent crimes. Last April, 25 of those associates, including several rappers, were indicted in a federal drug trafficking case.

Williams himself was shot in 2010 after a man attempted to rob his gold necklace at a celebration in honor of famed Bay Area rapper Mac Dre in North Vallejo, who was gunned down in 2004.

Fearing for her life, the woman continued to work for Williams up until his arrest on Aug. 23.

During the arrest, he was wearing a gold medallion necklace engraved with the words “Thizz Nation” and had nearly $950 in his pocket, eight cell phones and a laptop computer containing photos used in his victims’ online prostitution ads, Mahalich said.

Soon after, police also discovered that he was pimping two other local women. He would update their escort profiles via the website myredbook.com

One of those women denied ever working for Williams in court and said the allegations against him were untrue.

The other woman, Williams’ former fiancée, also denied the allegations at a preliminary hearing, but returned to court during the trial
and testified that the charges were true, according to prosecutors. In his own testimony at trial, Williams said he thought the victim was only working as a stripper and that he never hit or threatened her, Mahalich said.

The jury disagreed, and Williams now faces up to eight years in prison. He is set to return to court for sentencing on March 27.
“He’s lucky,” Mahalich said.

The defendant could have faced up to 20 years in prison if he had been arrested later, since California voters in November overwhelmingly passed Proposition 35, which imposes harsher penalties on convicted human traffickers.

Nonetheless, the prosecutor said, the conviction sends a strong message against a widespread crime.

“It’s everywhere — it’s 24/7, 365 days a year, in your hometown,” he said. “There’s a lot of women going through this and they are very
marginalized and very vulnerable.”

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1 human trafficking February 22, 2013 at 11:22 PM

not all these girls are simply victims…it amazes me how the pimp gets slammed and the girls go scott free…

2 blah February 22, 2013 at 11:32 PM

I guess I thought trafficking had to do with kidnapping and selling people…

3 bay boss February 22, 2013 at 11:34 PM

RIP MAC DRE!!!!

4 kleinapple February 22, 2013 at 11:54 PM

Hey Claycord. How about making the rounds in the local hotels..this is happening all the time

5 Libertarian Gunner February 23, 2013 at 12:16 AM

The reason concord is degrading quickly is the degenerates from these satellite cities of Pittsburgh, Antioch, Vallejo, even guys from Richmond are spending time in Concord and Martinez…

6 Bumper February 23, 2013 at 12:32 AM

Modern day slavery. How ironic.

7 SC February 23, 2013 at 12:43 AM

‘Thizz Nation’? ‘J-Hype’? LMAO….um Really? Ghetto thug trash. Lock them all up, they aren’t anything but criminals. Ridiculous.

8 TCKid February 23, 2013 at 1:14 AM

Thizz In Peace Mac Dre…a true Bay Area legend

9 Dre dog February 23, 2013 at 1:31 AM

LOL LEMME TAKE A WILD GUESS.PREMIER INNS?

10 anon February 23, 2013 at 1:47 AM

R.I.P Mac Dre. Free the whole Thizz camp.

11 anon February 23, 2013 at 3:40 AM

Rapper gets killed on the strip
Rapper gets arrested for all the above crimes

Its not good to be a rapper

Note to young girls– if you date a rapper from Oakland or Vallejo – you might just be a future dumbass, hooker or dead

12 Anonofail February 23, 2013 at 4:26 AM

I’ll take ‘how black is that’ for $400 alex

13 Fig Newton February 23, 2013 at 5:19 AM

This guy is total scum! 8 years? I would like to see double that time!

14 Cowellian February 23, 2013 at 5:25 AM

Yeah, I’m all eaten up with sympathy for all those poor pimps.

15 DodgerDog February 23, 2013 at 7:05 AM

Mr. Mayor, I’m curious: Which Concord hotel was he arrested at?

16 Athleticsfan February 23, 2013 at 7:35 AM

Well they do say that “Pimpin aint easy”.

17 Lo - T February 23, 2013 at 7:59 AM

Sometimes the pimpin is all we got left. I used to be a ladies man, but lately I jus been let down.

18 Anonymous February 23, 2013 at 8:22 AM

Ah yes, aspiring rappers, drive by shooters , pimps . Why is it that the Democrats never talk about intrinsic evil? The only thing they see as evil is..guns.

19 Omar February 23, 2013 at 9:10 AM

@humantrafficking – i agree…the pimp was wrong for what he did but the girls are just as wrong…

20 Mrs. W February 23, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Pimpin’ ain’t easy!!!

21 Light In Darkness February 23, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Postin’ aint easy,

It hard to have civility, morals and ethics when one can hide behind anonymity. So easy to be base,petty and cruel.

22 Connie Dobbs February 23, 2013 at 10:10 AM

The women on myredbook.com are hookers? Who knew?

Also, please explain how the women are just as much at fault as the men. I could use a laugh.

23 J. February 23, 2013 at 11:06 AM

” … Concord police arrested Williams on May 11, 2012, for possessing 19 methamphetamine pills when officers came across him and the victim in a car outside a Motel 6. Officers suspected the woman was a prostitute based on her clothing, but she denied the allegation at Williams’ direction.

Williams was free on his own recognizance when he was arrested by Concord police again on Aug. 23, 2012, for beating the victim in a room at a Best Western hotel. This time, the victim told police that Williams had been forcing her to prostitute herself all over the Bay Area … “

24 C Lo February 23, 2013 at 11:18 AM

What…..a surprise.

25 Anon February 23, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Now when the libs legalize prostitution this won’t be illegal. There, see all better.

Hillary 2016

26 @Lib gun February 23, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Plus all the trash already in concord. A lot of trash is From concord too. I love how most people think concord has no trash and its all other cities faults. People just go out of their home town to commit crime most of the time.

27 anon February 23, 2013 at 11:43 AM

What a sad story of women so desperate tio survive that they would allow themselves to be passed from one abuser to the next. :(

28 Em Dubya February 23, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Idiot can change his name to J-L Bird.

29 Connie Dobbs February 23, 2013 at 12:09 PM

#23 made me say “HA!”

Bold move by CPD to write down “the officer thought she dressed like a whore.”

30 Anonamomma February 23, 2013 at 1:10 PM

I couldn’t agree more Connie @22! GMFA” Thizz Nation”,” aspiring rapper from Vallejo”: I am amused especially by “aspiring rapper”it just covers so many job descriptions…put that on your resume

31 anonanonagain February 23, 2013 at 1:56 PM

I guess it must be a way to get out of the ghetto and the thug life. Become a rapper, but the thug life follows you……..unless you want to change. Same old, same old. A man uses and abuses a woman for his own gain. I read that she tried to leave and he said she owed him 15,000 grand for her keep. He took ever last dime she made.SCUMBAG!!!!!!

32 anon February 23, 2013 at 2:29 PM

“It hard to have civility, morals and ethics when one can hide behind anonymity. So easy to be base,petty and cruel.”

You want our names & addresses ??
You may not want to know who you are dealing with

33 Amazed February 23, 2013 at 5:31 PM

@18
How exactly are Democrats failing to battle “intrinsic evil,” whatever that means? Should they enact some Zero Tolerance for Satan Act? Seek bipartisan support to subsidize the exorcism industry?

On the other hand, measures that WOULD help victimized women — such as the Violence Against Women Act — are consistently opposed by Republicans.

34 @anon February 23, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Scarey stuff there anon, it goes
both ways though. That’s why it
is always a good idea to be courteous ,
particularly to ones you don’t know.
I am sure however you would not say
a lot of the things you do in public ,
you wouldn’t want to look stupid.
Never mistake a persons human kindness
for weakness, it would be your mistake.

35 Palermo February 23, 2013 at 8:02 PM

How is it trafficking? Are you kidding? How many of these girls are held against their will, and forced to turn over the money to these losers or get beaten up?

36 @34 February 23, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Maybe a pop tart and some milk to mend your hurt feelings?

37 old concord February 23, 2013 at 9:03 PM

Times are hard. Last week I saw a pimp driveing a VW. No one sould be treated like a slave or property.Wish I knew how to stop it.=)

38 Anon February 23, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Educate yourselves. Read CA Penal Code Section 236.1.

39 Isn't Prostitution Illegal? February 23, 2013 at 11:57 PM

Out of curiosity, I took a look at myredbook.com. Geez Louise, how do these chicks get away with such blatant advertising and porn-style poses? Wouldn’t this be easy pickin’s for the vice squad? Multiple photos, phone numbers, locations, hourly rates. Why do cops look the other way and allow crap like this to flourish?

And by the way, I’m a registered Democrat and do not approve.

40 Connie Dobbs February 24, 2013 at 12:02 AM

Very funny, #36.
You know sugar gets him wound.

41 anonamust February 24, 2013 at 8:54 AM

@ Palermo…How is it trafficking?? How about women forced to prostitute themselves by a violent lowlife?? How about young runaway girls lured into the promise of a better life and then beaten into submission by these scumbags. Many are forced to pay for their freedom, which is unattainable because the pimp will lose money. How about the “Johns” who are willing to shell out tons of money to sleep with a runaway 13 year old, afraid of their captor……History shows that women have been used and abused. Time to end it.

42 BUCK426 February 24, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Wow…..

Great success, all the way around.

43 co-co-res February 24, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Concord has gone WAY downhill all by itself without the help of Pittsburg and Antioch. I decided not to buy a home in Concord because of all the creeps that sit out in front of the grocery stores and panhandle. There is nothing but bums panhandling downtown by Todos Santos. These people who think all the trash comes from somwhere else should think who are they coming to see in Concord and why are they able to do illegal business in Concord. Could it be because it is easier than Vallejo?

44 It's 'Meme' is that you Ma? February 24, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Seem’s J-Hype was more bark than bite and not quite the Romeo the little woman had hoped for…

Family values are typically not the rap message I’ve noticed…

Stay safe people – maybe read a good book soon…

The Partridge family had it’s up’s and down’s without a dad – but somehow made a few bucks before some of them got strung-out along the way…

Life is hard my ‘coaches’…Then you die!

(Come on Get Happy!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvgzNEPhYQA

No time like the present!

Love,

“Meme”.

45 Scott February 24, 2013 at 1:08 PM

If these are the people they talk about when they use the term “human trafficking” I am honestly upset that I voted to get that passed. These women choose to do this. I imagined something much worse.

46 Palermo February 24, 2013 at 2:14 PM

@anonamust: I WAS saying of course it is trafficking, you are arguing with me for no reason.

47 The Mamba February 25, 2013 at 7:05 AM

So human trafficking is the same thing as pimping and prostitution now? I thought it meant bringing people across state or country borders? Whatever.

48 Clayton Rd February 25, 2013 at 8:14 AM

I bet you he got busted at the premier inn

49 Some Guy February 25, 2013 at 9:04 AM

They had him dressed up like a ‘lil business man in his ‘lil suit. all 98 lbs of him. He looked puzzled and lost. pathetic.

50 Ick February 25, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Why is all this garbage hanging out in Concord? They should pollute their own towns with their garbage and stay out of ours.

51 motivated mama March 6, 2013 at 3:49 AM

it had to be the premeire jeez dont sum learn after 5,6,7,8 times bein caught think its time to retire,or stop bein sloppy.RIP MAC DRIZZLE

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