U.S. agents say they’ve broken up a multi-state prostitution ring operated by and for illegal aliens.
According to court documents, brothels located in Travis County, Texas, and Oklahoma City, used women from Mexico as well as Central and South American countries to sell sexual acts for fellow unlawful immigrants.
The alleged ringleader, 34-year-old Juan Balderas-Orosco, was ordered held without bail pending a hearing.
“The organization recruits females … and arranges for them to be smuggled into the United States. The aliens are held in indentured servitude and forced into prostitution,” an arrest affidavit said, according to the Austin American-Statesman.
The paper says two of the women were from Honduras, and “when one arrived in town in June, a man at the house showed her a .38-caliber revolver and told her that she couldn’t leave, she told federal agents. A week later, the man in charge took the money the two had earned and said they could not have any of it until they worked a week at a brothel in Oklahoma City.”
A federal affidavit indicates once there, another man flashed a gun and told the women he “did not want any trouble from them or ‘they could disappear very easily.'”
In 2002, authorities raided a house, which they later alleged was a brothel run by Balderas. Two Mexican men and two women, one from Colombia and the other from the Dominican Republic were arrested. The women said they had been transported among locations in several states and forced to perform sex acts for money.
Documents state that in June 2005, agents “placed a covert pole camera to allow continued surveillance on the brothel.”
A brothel in Dallas was raided the same day, and Balderas was arrested after leaving an Oklahoma City brothel.
As WND reported in May, a researcher estimates there are about 240,000 illegal immigrant sex offenders in the United States who have had an average of four victims each.
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