Twelve Arrested in US Raid on Latin Sex-Trafficking Ring

BBC News, January 18, 2013

Authorities in the United States have arrested 12 people in connection with a people-trafficking prostitution ring.

Another 44 people have been detained. Eleven women from Central America and Mexico, most in their 20s, were freed.

The women were reportedly forced to have sex with up to 30 men a day, charging $30 (£19) for each act.

The gang is thought to have been smuggling women since 2008, moving them to different cities every week in the south-eastern US.

The US authorities have indicted eight men and four women. Most of the other detainees are said to be clients.

The sex-trafficking ring served mostly ethnic Latino immigrants in larger cities and rural communities of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas, the authorities said.

One of the indicted, a Mexican citizen, is accused of having threatened to send one woman back to Mexico if she did not have sex with at least 25 men a day.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton said 967 arrests in connection with people trafficking and sex tourism were made last year alone.

“To those who would believe that sex trafficking doesn’t happen in America, reflect on this case and think again,” Mr Morton said at a news briefing.

Most of the 44 detainees were reportedly non-Americans and would face court action. Those who were illegal in the country would be deported, said Mr Morton.

The scale of human trafficking in the US is hard to gauge, but the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline, operated by Polaris Project since December 2007, has received more than 57,000 calls from every state in the union.

Incidences of sex and labour trafficking have been reported in all 50 states in the US, and the District of Columbia, in the two years leading up to 2012.


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  • Enar_Larsson

    —“To those who would believe that sex trafficking doesn’t happen in
    America, reflect on this case and think again,” Mr Morton said at a news

    Okay, I’ve reflected on this case and I think I may have figured out at least part of the reason why sex trafficking does happen here. It took me a really long time to figure this out because it is hard to make the connection, but here it is:

    —The sex-trafficking ring served mostly ethnic Latino immigrants in
    larger cities and rural communities of Florida, Georgia and the
    Carolinas, the authorities said.—

    So now I wonder if there are any solutions to this terrible problem. After further reflection I think I may have again stumbled upon a partial answer in this article:

    —Most of the 44 detainees were reportedly non-Americans and would face
    court action. Those who were illegal in the country would be deported,
    said Mr Morton.—

    But I can’t help wondering if the crime is really bad enough to warrant such a terrible punishment. If kidnapping isn’t serious enough for deportation, why would this be?

    • The__Bobster

      Hell, if the perps aren’t deported, they may qualify as Dreamers.

      • Family-values pimps?

  • The__Bobster

    Tell me again, Conservative Inc, how Mestizos have great familia values and are natural Republicans?

    • Jenna Kerr

      They probably do qualify for a special victim’s visa. 20 years ago I felt kind of bad for the women. I have no more sympathy left. They destroy everything they come in contact with.

    • shattered

      They are dumb. I’ve talked with lots of them and they honestly believe that money just falls out of the air into the government’s hands and they believe they are entitled to it and always vote to get as much of it as possible for themselves.

  • America First

    “Family values don’t stop at the Rio Grande River,”
    he said. “If you’re a mother and dad, and you got kids to
    feed, and you’re making 50 cents and you see someone in Iowa
    making $50, and you care about those kids, you’re coming.” George W. Bush, 2000. And the Republicans are seriously considering running another (or more) of their progeny for president?

    • Stentorian_Commentator

      Ugh, I’m with you. If white folks were too discouraged to vote for Mittens Romney, wait until it’s Jeb Bush, or worse, his son, Whore-hay Pay Booosh (running for office in Tejas as I write). What gets me is that the Mehicans bring them in and prostitute them, but somehow it’s the fault of the U.S. that we have human trafficking. Only the fault of the elites who sponsor and promote this criminality.

      • Tucker

        We must NEVER help put another member of this despicably evil, clearly criminal, white race traitorous Bush family into ANY political office. This entire family, male and female, are dog meat.

        And, so are any politicians who are affiliated with this family of race traitors in any way.

      • Bobbala

        Stop looking at those africans, hispanics and (especially) muslims practicing slavery … or you’ll risk becoming a racist or islamophobe! A fate worse than death.

    • And the republicans still wonder why conservative Americans think their party is a joke.

  • David Ashton

    BBC News? Why not US news sources with more detail?

    • rightrightright

      The British media, lead by the BBC, is reporting on sex crimes wherever they can find them in order to dilute the enormity of mass Muslim paedo pimping of young girls. I do wonder whether they sacrificed the memory of the disgusting Jimmy Saville (whose perversions they had complacently covered up for decades) as part of this dilution process.

  • Luca

    Apparently we have a shortage of American pimps in this country. Who knew?

    And the hookers, well, they’re willing to do the job American hookers won’t do for $30.

    Diversity is our strength.

    • Robert Binion

      Yes, but twenty-five a day! They must ply their trade at Wal Mart.

      • shattered

        Now the asians are pouring in. We actually have more asians than hispanics immigrating now.

  • storibund

    Forced sex with 25+ men a day is preferable to being sent back to Mexico?? Hard to wrap my head around that one.

    • toldev

      The woman who was told that was probably working as a prostitute in Mexico before she came to the United States. Albeit for a lot less money. Johns or Juans in Mexico do not get a welfare check each month to spend on prostitutes and other things.

    • Vonhauer

      In Mexico it may be 50+.

      • pcmustgo

        $20 a day here in Brooklyn. For a young girl too… they have to cater to these poor, “hard-working”, often single Mexican men.

        ANY immigration where the men mostly come (as is the case with Mexicans) is going to fuel prostitution.

  • shattered

    The cartels are contracting with gangs in the U.S. but if amnesty comes, they will be permanently embedded forever.

  • Chris

    Why is it called Human Trafficking? Is it because to call it what it really is, slavery, might offend blacks?

    • eduard

      The english has a nice name for it; indentured servitude.

      • Iron Helm

        You’re a joke. What the English did was totally different. Indentured servitude was usually a form of debt bondage, something that happened all over the world, and sometimes it was for criminals and vagrants or (what would today be called) Prisoners of war. Many even volunteered for it, selling their labour for a fixed period of time in order to have their travel paid.

        In any event it differed from what happened to these people because it was a contract that expired and there was no sexual exploitation.

        • Michael_C_Scott

          The time period was normally seven years.

    • StillModerated

      Well, you see, “white slavery” just sounded too racist

  • kjh64

    “If you’re a mother and dad, and you got kids to feed, and you’re making 50 cents and you see someone in Iowa making $50, and you care about those kids, you’re coming.” George W. Bush, 2000.”
    Ah, George “amnesty” Bush Jr. No, you’re not coming if the US would have enforced its’ immigration laws and borders. Plus, when Mexicans flood in, nobody would make 50$ an hour anymore, they’d make 8$ because there would be an abundance of cheap labor. Plus, I love the part about feeding their families. Guess what Mexicans, stop having kids if you can’t feed them, which of course you can. Mexico is the 2nd most obese nation after the USA so they obviously don’t have any problems getting food. When is the last time anyone heard of a Mexican starving?

    • Free traders like Bush will not bring Mexico up with open borders and amnesty, they’ll only bring Ameria down.

      I used to think they just didn’t realize that. Now I know they do realize that and just don’t care. Patriots…my a$$. In their own strange way many republicans are as treasonous as a leftist.

  • jay11

    The local paper reported this story, but did not mention any names, places or other characteristics that would let on it was latinos. The only groups that DON’T seem to be doing human trafficking, sexual slavery, nationwide drug gangs, beatdowns of 50-1 based on race and the rest is anglo-saxon, founding stock americans. Yet WE are labeled as the problem in the world.

    • Get over it. Respecting your fellow human beings is s-o-o white.

  • toldev

    The one best thing the government could do to stop sex trafficking is to seal the border. Not that it is going to happen anytime soon.

  • bigone4u

    This story gives new meaning to the term “sloppy seconds.”
    My l snide remark out of the way, these women actually serve a useful purpose, keeping violence and crime by illegals under control. How? Most illegals are young testosterone driven males. Without their whores, they would be preying on white women, either pestering them for dates or raping them. Unfortunately, given the choices our government has put before us, if there are going to be masses of illegals, then I reluctantly conclude that they must be supplied with their own whores.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      They do that anyway. I have bought into one bit of leftist dogma, and that is this is just more victimization of women – in this case trapped women – and that this is nothing I need to tolerate. If they do this to their own young women and girls, rest assured, they will shortly do the same to yours. The same obtains with Arabs.

      • Tucker

        Mr. Scott is exactly right. In fact, White females – worldwide – are most at risk for being kidnapped by these non-White run and operated international sex slave crime organizations, because all non-white men will pay more to spend an hour in bed next to a white female. Also, these criminal sex slave syndicates will often barter back and forth, and sell their White females to one another in much the same fashion as Wally and Beaver used to trade baseball playing cards with the white kids in their Leave it to Beaver era neighborhoods.

        White females who have allowed the Cultural Marxist controlled mainstream media to brainwash them to hate the White male had better realize that White Males are their last remaining source of protection from the 90 percent non-white world of sadistically horny sexual predators.

        • Luis

          Didn’t Qaddafi have Ukranian whores in Libya?
          @Michael C. Scott –
          When feminism hit its stride in the mid-1970’s there were some feminists who actually urged the legalization of propstitution, so that girls could pay their way into college. I’m not kidding.

        • pcmustgo

          True, once knew a Puerto Rican who boasted about how his father used to buy and sell and trade women.

          • Willowville

            Why would you “boast” that your father is a pimp. Latinos do not have the same family values as whites.

          • Michael_C_Scott

            My ex-father was a university physics professor who used to beat the dog-s**t out of my mother. Once the FBI was investigating me in 1999-2000, my mother told them she was delighted that my ex-father was absolutely terrified of me. He probably won’t come to the United States, and certainly won’t come to Colorado, which I think is the best place in the world.

            My ex-father was described by Judge Miller in US Federal Court as “a despicable man” . He’s a coward, a liar, a thief, a wife-beater and a child-abuser, but to the best of my knowledge, my ex-father was never a pimp.

    • It would be one thing if these women actually chose to do this. But I believe that many were promised one thing and when they were brought to the US, were told that they would become prostitutes.

      • pcmustgo

        YEAH, IF PEOPLE CHOOSE, FINE…. messed up usually, drug addicts, but fine. Not for young girls or people forced into it.

    • pcmustgo

      Let’s not forget there are plenty of white male (and even more pathetically white female) sex tourists worldwide who prey on poor third worlders, often children. A lot of white american men go to Mexico for the first time to sleep with whores. Almost a tradition along the border I am sure.

  • LHathaway

    Are there more rapes in the USA or do more rapes take place in Mexico?

    • Johnny Clay

      Good question. Since the murder rate in Mexico is very high due to the drug war, I assume their murder rate is higher than ours. Same with the rape rate.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      According to the United Nations 7th and 8th crime surveys, the rape rate in Mexico in 2004 was 14.26 per 100,000, while in the United States it was 32.99. Due to cultural differences, however, rape is rarely reported in Mexico, which completely flaws this comparison.

      • pcmustgo


  • SintiriNikos

    They’re just doing the sex trafficking Americans won’t do. But I’m sure they’re natural conservatives.

  • rockman

    hang them high just once in public

  • pcmustgo

    Funny, it just came to my knowledge of a similar Mexican prostitution thing going on here locally my (brown, not Latino) friend told me about. A mexican came up to her husband (also brown, but not Latino) and boasted to her about how he can sleep with one of the dozens of young girls at a certain bar across the street from where they live (they are bused in, totally suspicous) for $20… $20 for sex! Oh, and the bar is illegally zoned and blasting music so loud every night it’s keeping my friend up.

    Not funny. Very, very, very, very sad.

  • JohnEngelman

    Those who call prostitution a victimless crime forget the fates of the prostitutes themselves. Throughout the world millions of underage girls are forced into this loathsome way of life and forced to live as virtual slaves.

    Most of the punishment for this crime should go to the pimps and the customers.