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El Salvador National Pleads Guilty to Recruiting Teens for Sex Trafficking Ring

An illegal alien from El Salvador pleaded guilty Wednesday February 13, 2013, to recruiting a 15-year-old runaway to engage in commercial sex for a prostitution ring.

Formerly from Adelphi, Md., Yanira del Carmen Guerrero Andrade, aka Yadira or Litsy, 28, was apprehended following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Washington, D.C. field office with assistance from the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force.

Guerrero Andrade pled guilty to child sex trafficking, which carries a mandatory minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for May 10, 2013.

“HSI will continue to thwart those who prey on teenage victims for their own greed,” said HSI Special Agent in Charge John P. Torres. “We cannot allow anyone to traffic vulnerable victims and think they can get away with this. We will continue to diligently work with our law enforcement partners to combat sex trafficking in our community.”

“Ms. Guerrero Andrade’s actions show just how vile the world of human trafficking is – right here in our community,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride. “She lured a 15-year-old girl into her boyfriend’s commercial sex trade business so she could sell her off time and time again for profit. Many people think human trafficking is a man’s business – but the recruiters are often women, and we hold them accountable.”

According a statement of facts filed with her plea agreement, Guerrero Andrade admitted that she met a 15-year-old runaway in January 2009 and encouraged her to work as a prostitute for an organization run by Julio Cesar Revolorio Ramos, whom Guerrero Andrade was dating. After the victim spoke to Revolorio Ramos by phone, Guerrero Andrade introduced the victim to him and the two of them transported the victim from Maryland into Virginia to work as a prostitute, even though they knew the victim was under 18 years of age.

On the first day the victim was trafficked, she had sexual relations with approximately 17 customers, and on the third day she had sexual relations with 25 customers. In June 2010, Guerrero Andrade invited the victim to live in the basement of the home she shared with Revolorio Ramos. One week after moving in to the home, Revolorio Ramos again prostituted the victim, and the victim paid rent with the money she received from prostitution.

Guerrero Andrade also admitted that in 2010, she provided the victim with contact information for other prostitution organizations so the victim could work for those organizations during the weeks she was not being prostituted by Revolorio Ramos.

On Feb. 8, 2013, Revolorio Ramos was sentenced to 188 months in prison for his role in sex trafficking a child.

Founded in 2004, the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force is a collaboration of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies – along with nongovernmental organizations – dedicated to combating human trafficking and related crimes.

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Posted by on February 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Mexican National Pleads Guilty to Role in Interstate Prostitution Ring

An illegal alien from Mexico who lived in Riverdale, Md., pleaded guilty Monday, October 15, 2012, to transporting more than 100 women from other states to engage in commercial sex in Virginia.

The case was investigated by the Transnational Gang Unit of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), which participates in the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force.

Marco Sanchez Hernandez, also known as “Marquito,” 37, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to transport women to engage in prostitution. He faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison when he is sentenced Jan. 4, 2013.

In a statement of facts filed with his plea agreement, Sanchez Hernandez admitted that from 2005 through July 2012 he was part of a network that transported women to engage in commercial sex acts in Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia and various locations in Virginia, including Fairfax County, Prince William County, Alexandria, Arlington, Newport News, Norfolk and Virginia Beach. The women were instructed to charge $30 for 15 minutes of sex. In addition to transporting women to engage in sex acts, Sanchez Hernandez collected money from various drivers who also transported the women to the homes of customers. He also advertised the prostitution business by handing out business cards at Spanish restaurants, check cashing stores, construction sites and day laborer sites. Eventually, the proceeds of the operation were sent to the leader of the organization, who resides in Mexico.

Founded in 2004, the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force is a collaboration of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies – along with nongovernmental organizations – dedicated to combating human trafficking and related crimes. From 2011 to the present, 40 defendants have been prosecuted in 22 cases in the Eastern District of Virginia for human trafficking and trafficking-related conduct, involving at least 31 victims. Twelve of those defendants were gang members or associates prosecuted for sex trafficking juveniles in northern Virginia, with sentences imposed ranging from 10 years to life imprisonment.

Virginia Assistant Attorney General and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Marc J. Birnbaum, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Frank are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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HSI Arrests 23 in Prostitution Ring Bust

On Thursday, September 20, 2012, special agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and detectives and officers of the Maryland State Police (MSP), Howard County Police Department (HCPD), Anne Arundel County Police Department (AACOPD) and Laurel City Police Department (LCPD) conducted an enforcement operation targeting individuals soliciting prostitution in the area.

“HSI special agents spearheaded this tri-county public safety initiative with the Maryland State Police and police departments of Howard, Anne Arundel and Laurel City,” said HSI Baltimore Special Agent in Charge William Winter. “This enforcement action was an effort to further HSI criminal investigations. HSI together with our local and state law enforcement partners are committed to protecting Maryland communities and continue to identify and dismantle the criminal organizations involved in these illicit activities.”

Arrested by HCPD on Maryland state law charges of solicitation of a prostitute, assignation and disorderly conduct were 14 males residing in College Park, Md.; Columbia, Md.; Hyattsville, Md.; Jessup, Md.; Odenton, Md.; New Carrollton, Md.; Seat Pleasant, Md.; Silver Spring, Md.; Elysburg, Pa.; Marlin, Pa.; Alexandria, Va.; Woodbridge, Va. or Washington, D.C.;

Arrested by the AACOPD on Maryland state law charges of solicitation of a prostitute and assignation were seven males residing in Hyattsville, Md.; Laurel, Md.; Silver Spring, Md. or Centerville, Tenn.

Arrested by the LCPD on charges of solicitation of a prostitute were two males residing in Laurel or Rockville, Md.

“I am extremely proud of the officers and their contributions throughout this extensive operation,” said Anne Arundel Chief of Police Larry W. Tolliver. “Our agency will continue to work closely with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners to focus on suppressing crime and improving the quality of life for citizens.”

“We welcome the opportunity to partner with other agencies in our efforts to send the message that Howard County will not tolerate prostitution,” said Howard County Police Chief William McMahon. “The disruption to neighborhoods brought on by these crimes is unacceptable. We continue to work with our communities to improve and preserve their quality of life.”

Laurel City Police Chief Richard McLaughlin said, “The City of Laurel Police Department found this to be a beneficial operation working with other local jurisdictions and found that mutual cooperation removes any jurisdictional limitations. The City of Laurel Police Department looks forward to future endeavors.”

“This is a public safety concern that crosses jurisdictional boundaries and we believe coordinating our efforts lead to a more successful enforcement initiative,” said Colonel Marcus Brown, superintendent of the MSP. “Our goal is to provide effective enforcement that addresses organized crime, while increasing the level of safety for the citizens of Maryland.”

The cases are being prosecuted by Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Howard County Office of the State’s Attorney and the Prince George’s County Office of the States Attorney.

The investigation is continuing.

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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