Many people believe that Bay area child sex trafficking is on the rise, and it comes after Calvin Sneed, a local pimp who was murdered by the victim’s parents, was part of the Nutty Blocc Compton Crips gang.
What does the father of the slain pimp say? Vigilantism no answer.
The parents of the 17-year-old runaway tracked down Sneed, 22, and shot him dead. Prior to his death, he allegedly went looking to retrieve the girl, whom he’d been pimping in the Los Angeles area.
But her parents, Barry Gilton and Lupe Mercado, would have none of that and may have been waiting for him.
That’s because on June 4, Sneed was in San Francisco, driving his Toyota Camry at 2 a.m., when someone — prosecutors say it was Gilton — shot him with a .40-caliber handgun. Sneed crashed into a parked car and died a short time later at San Francisco General Hospital.
Now, Gilton and Mercado are facing charges of “murder, conspiracy to commit murder and one count of discharging a firearm at an occupied vehicle.”
The couple’s lawyer tells the Los Angeles Times that their 17-year-old daughter left home about a year ago, and soon started appearing in escort ads planted by Sneed. Her parents believed “she was being unduly influenced by this fellow,” the lawyer says.
So his clients tried to reach out to Los Angeles-area law enforcement for help, but claim they were shut down at every turn.
Then, early this month, opportunity struck as the 17-year-old returned with Sneed to the Bay Area on the weekend of June 2 to visit an ailing relative. She argued with her parents, who tried unsuccessfully to get Sneed to leave.
The victim’s father, Charles Sneed, argues that his young son, though troubled, deserved a chance to turn his life around.
“Call him a pimp. Call him a gang banger. Paint the picture as worse as you want,” says the elder Sneed. “The fact of the matter is, he didn’t deserve to die. That’s the bottom line.”