A Mexican pimp and his brothers ran a yearslong sex ring that pressured girls into prostitution throughout the U.S. and used intimidation and violence to maintain them in line, Brooklyn prosecutors stated Friday.
Hugo Hernandez-Velazquez, 45, often known as “The Hen,” was arrested in Mexico in August and extradited to New York earlier this week. He faces a 12-count indictment charging him and his two brothers with racketeering, intercourse trafficking, interstate prostitution, alien smuggling and different crimes.
Arcelia Hernandez-Velazquez, 47, and Ernesto Hernandez-Velazquez, 40, have been busted in New York in November 2019 and are awaiting trial.
Arcelia Hernandez-Velazquez allegedly maintained a base for the ring in Queens.
“For practically twenty years, the defendants lured younger girls right into a brutal lifetime of pressured prostitution by false guarantees of a greater life,” Performing U.S. Lawyer for the Japanese District Seth DuCharme in a press release. “This workplace will go away no stone unturned in its efforts to finish the unlawful exploitation of younger girls.”
Since 2001, the siblings preyed on no less than six girls in Mexico, luring them into romantic relationships with declarations of affection earlier than kidnapping them, based on a detention memo.
The victims have been taken to the properties of group members in Tenancingo, Mexico, the place they have been held towards their will and banned from contacting their households, the memo states.
The ladies have been then smuggled into the U.S., purportedly for a extra affluent life with their traffickers. As a substitute, as soon as stateside, the ladies have been transported to brothels and different places in no less than 16 states — from New York to Louisiana — and compelled into intercourse work.
“The conduct of the group was extremely violent and transnational in scope,” Assistant U.S. Lawyer Margaret Lee wrote within the detention memo, urging Decide Vera Scanlon to carry Hugo Hernandez-Velazquez with out bail. “Alongside along with his household, the defendant operated a enterprise of exploiting and abusing girls.”
If the trafficking victims tried to go away the community, they have been viciously overwhelmed and their households have been threatened with violence, prosecutors alleged. If the ladies turned pregnant, they have been pressured to endure abortions.
If convicted, Hugo Hernandez-Velazquez faces a minimal sentence of 15 years in jail.
His lawyer, Calvin Scholar, didn’t instantly return a request for remark.