Just to warn you, this post contains some strong language. But it is included to illustrate the threats and intimidation used by pimps against prostitutes.

Baby Fatal was on the phone again and infuriated with his prostitute. He heard she was having sex without charging some men.

“I’m gonna fucking beat the dog shit out of you, Blood,” he said.

The prostitute lashed back at her pimp and told him to shut up. This disobedience was unacceptable to Baby Fatal, who continued to threaten her and demanded that she walk down Logan Avenue and meet him. She did and hung up the phone.

The pair continued to argue over the phone later that afternoon, so police continued to listen. San Diego police had a judge’s approval to wiretap the cell phone of Baby Fatal on suspicion of pimping and pandering. It was part of a multi-agency investigation of the Lincoln Park street gang in 2008 and 2009 that led to dozens of arrests and ultimately, the conviction of Baby Fatal, also known as Donny Love, 20.

On a broader scale, the wiretaps led prosecutors to push for an additional gang charge in four pimping cases, which is very novel. I wrote about the cases and some of the skepticism in a story today.

Apart from the new gang connection being drawn by prosecutors, though, the wiretap transcripts offered a window into the threats and intimidation used by pimps.

Eight wiretap transcripts disclosed through court filings showed Love’s abuse of prostitutes. The women complained of hunger, being held at gunpoint by a john over $30 and Love’s verbal abuse. Love and another pimp talked about moving the prostitutes around the city like cattle and beating them if they disobeyed orders. Love referred to prostitutes as members of his “stable” and branded them with his name. One had a tattoo on her neck with the words “Fatal Attraction.”

In one wiretap session, Love argued with a prostitute over how often she should have sex with men. It was Sunday, May 18, 2008.

“I want to go home. I’m not making any money today,” she said, and continued to talk.

“Shut up. Like I said, like I said bitch, you leave that hotel bitch, don’t come back,” Love said. “You leave that hotel bitch, we’re gonna have a problem.”

The woman exploded and complained about having sex with men all day long. Love said, “Oh well.”

“And then I have my thing, you know, you’re not babysitting him,” the prostitute said. She was talking about her son. The phone call ended abruptly.

In October, Love pleaded guilty to pimping and a gang enhancement charge. Before his sentencing in November, Love submitted a written apology to the court. He apologized for disrespecting women and reflected on how the crime would affect his family.

“I’m not saying what I did was right, because I have little sisters, cousins and nieces that I would hate to see living that type of lifestyle,” he wrote. “I have two lil’ brothers that look up to [me] and I’m their role model. I have to teach them the right thing and not to follow in my footsteps.”


Dagny Salas

Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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