23-year-old Bianka Vega, accused of conspiring to traffic a child for prostitution across state lines, has agreed to plead guilty to Misprision of Felony, as revealed by federal court records obtained by EverythingLubbock.com. Vega, along with co-defendants Cameron Phifer, 24, and Deryan Thomas, 32, was initially indicted in June on grave charges, including Conspiracy to Commit Sex Trafficking of a Minor, Sex Trafficking, Attempted Sex Trafficking of a Minor, Interstate Transportation to Engage in Prostitution, and two additional charges.
The horrific case centers around a missing teenager, identified as “Jane Doe” in public records, who disappeared from her Lubbock home on November 28, 2022. Disturbingly, court documents outline that Vega and her boyfriend, Thomas, took the vulnerable teen from Lubbock to Odessa, Texas, with the sinister intention of engaging in sex trafficking. It is alleged that Phifer, associated with the same “rap music group” as Thomas in Lubbock, was implicated in sex trafficking.
During their time in Odessa, court records assert that Doe was instructed to engage in prostitution by Vega, Thomas, and Phifer. Shockingly, their malevolent plans extended to trafficking in Carlsbad, New Mexico, where Phifer exerted “primary control” over the victim. An ad promoting sexual services, featuring explicit images of Vega and the victim, was reportedly posted on a notorious trafficking website for areas in Roswell and Carlsbad.
The revolting narrative turned darker as law enforcement contacted Vega, who admitted to Phifer that the victim was underage. In a callous response, Phifer allegedly stated, “It’s too late to stop.” Eventually, the victim was left at a hotel in Carlsbad, falling prey to another trafficker.
Thomas and Phifer had previously pleaded not guilty in June, and Vega’s potential guilty plea could lead to a sentence of no more than three years in prison. Meanwhile, Vega remains in custody at the Lubbock County Detention Center. The well-being of the victim remains unclear, as court documents do not provide information on her current status.
This harrowing incident underscores the issue of human trafficking plaguing the nation and shows New Mexico as a haven for human traffickers. All legislation that would increase penalties on these criminals died in the 2023 Legislative Session.
Resources such as the National Human Trafficking Hotline (1-888-373-7888) are a crucial lifeline for survivors seeking help and support.