Illegal Immigrants Charged With Forcing Minor Into Prostitution

KHOU-TV (Houston), June 8, 2009

Three Mexican nationals have been indicted by a Houston grand jury on charges of conspiring to engage in sex trafficking of a minor, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced Monday.

Jorge Texis-Montano, 24, Jorge Aguila-Cuapio, 19, and Sonia Tecuapacho, 24, are all Mexican Nationals in the United States illegally.

The defendants are accused of conspiracy to cause the minor victim, also a Mexican national, to engage in a commercial sex act. Each is expected to appear in federal court for arraignment on the charges this week although no date has yet been set.

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A friend of the juvenile’s mother contacted the Houston Police Department in April to report the 16-year-old girl was being held against her will, physically abused and forced to work as a prostitute at several different Houston area bars. The bars included El Guerrero located on the 6400 block of Wallisville Road.

The following day, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents joined the investigation to assist in locating the minor.

HPD officers found her on May 4 at an apartment complex on Broadway Street in Houston. ICE and FBI agents assisted with the investigation that ultimately led to the filing of criminal charges against all three defendants.

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[Editor’s Note: See also the AR News story, “Why Has Child Molestation Committed by Illegal Aliens Become an Epidemic?” by Dave Gibson of the Norfolk (Virginia) Examiner.]

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