9 Guatemalans Charged in Sex Slavery Case in LA


Nine Guatemalan were incited for sex trafficking in this despicable sex slavery case where many of the victims involved were minors ranging from the ages of 5 to 12.

Nine Guatemalans were indicted for their roles in an alleged sex trafficking ring that lured young women to the United States with promises of good jobs and then forced them into prostitution, according to federal court records.

Four of the defendants pleaded not guilty in January to sex trafficking charges in the case. A superseding indictment, unsealed Thursday, includes more serious allegations that five of the 12 victims were minors.

According to the new 50-count indictment, the defendants at times sold Guatemalan women and girls to one another like slaves and allegedly brought the victims to witch doctors who threatened to put curses on them and their families if they ran away.

“These young women were enticed into coming to this country by promises of the American dream only to arrive and discover that what awaited was a nightmare,” said Robert Schoch, a special agent in charge for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (AP)

9 Guatemalans Charged In Sex Trafficking Case

Posted August 10, 2007 by
Child Welfare, Crime, World | 8 comments

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  • Comments

    8 Responses to “9 Guatemalans Charged in Sex Slavery Case in LA”

    1. Miss-Underestimated on August 10th, 2007 7:21 pm

      Unreal ….in a civil word?

    2. scooter on August 10th, 2007 7:35 pm

      Wonder how this is gonna be spun to blame Aruba.

    3. brie on August 11th, 2007 12:26 am

      Well Scooter…..since your waiting for it…..I wonder how many unknown reported cases of missing persons there are in Aruba due to sex-trafficking!

    4. Ray Wood on August 11th, 2007 1:29 am

      Central and South America and the Caribbean
      is alive with sex slave traders and has been for many years. Even public officials children are not safe. Why any woman would want to visit that part of the world is something I dont

    5. Patti on August 11th, 2007 4:32 am

      It’s good to see that this ring got busted up. There are thousands just like it. According to some research that I did, the number 1 destination for sex slaves, including mail order brides, is Los Angeles; followed by San Francisco, Houston and Chicago.

      It’s a shame that the draw that they use to entice these women is freedom. It would be nice if we could allow these women to live and work in this country legitimately and give them the freedom that they so desperately were seeking.

      The fact that some of these sex slaves were children, as young as five years old is especially saddening. I hope we can continue to secure their safety.

      It’s a real eye-opener to know that as much as we point the finger at these poor South American nations; if there were no market for these poor women and children, they wouldn’t be brought here in the first place. In that sense, it is overwhelming; the task of putting an end to the sexual exploitation of women, children, boys and girls.

      However, I am proud to say that I live in a nation that actively investigates and arrests perpetrators of trafficking activities.

      Keep it up!

    6. Fools Gold on August 11th, 2007 5:05 am

      Perhaps its a matter of ‘cultural awareness’?

      I certainly would not think that it is legally significant to threaten to put a curse on someone. Nor would I think it in any way significant for someone to stick pins into a likeness of an individual as an attempt to cause them pain.

    7. Richard on August 12th, 2007 4:17 pm

      Well, we know that this couldn’t have been what happened to Natalee, right? (Or that she was drugged and held in captivity while the psychotics TRIED to sell her.)

      Because, as we know, it doesn’t happen to Americans.

      Just ask the family of AMy Bradley.

      So what if there’s been no sign of Natalee anywhere in more than two years … the media have told us that this is such a simple case.

    8. Ray Wood on August 13th, 2007 3:50 am

      Richard,I believe you are right.
      Here ia Virginia two girls were kidnapped last week and were rescued two days later. The law
      said that they were going to be sold into sex slavery. The kidnappers must have confussed that was their intentions.
      I believe that some of the girls who disappear in
      the USA are being sold into sex slavery.

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