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Convicted pimp marries trafficking victim

A Pittsburgh resident who pleaded no contest to felony charges of pimping out his so-called girlfriend is set to marry the victim during his sentencing hearing in a San Mateo County courtroom Thursday afternoon.

Foster Shane Gaines, 37, could face 8 years in state prison depending on the outcome of the “sentencing and marriage” scheduled for 2 p.m. in Redwood City. The prosecution originally objected to the courthouse wedding, but Judge Joseph Bergeron denied that objection.

Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti said:

“If she wants to marry him, there is little that we can do to stop it. … The court can issue a no contact order, but it’s almost futile in a sense. … How will they stop the contact if he is serving a prison sentence? I suppose the prison could refuse to allow her in, but I think it’s hard to imagine that they could keep her from calling or writing.”

Gaines and his victim were apprehended through a sting operation conducted by the South San Francisco Police Department and the Human Trafficking Task Force. Officers contacted them through the now-defunct prostitution website MyRedbook and arranged a “date” at a local hotel.

Gaines already has one strike against him from a prior conviction for shooting two people, for which he served 13 years in state prison. His defense attorney, John Halley, could not be reached for comment this morning.

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