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Four men sentenced in sex trafficking ring

ATLANTA -- Four men were sentenced in federal court Tuesday for a sex trafficking ring operated partly out of homes in Norcross.

Juan Cortes-Meza, Raul Cortes-Meza, Edison Wagner Rosa Tort and Otto Jaime Larios Perez will be in prison for varying terms for their involvement in the operation, which brought young women from Mexico promising them employment and better lives in the Atlanta area.

The women were then forced into prostitution for the financial benefit of the defendants.

From spring 2006 until June 2008, the court and United States attorney Sally Quillian Yates said, the men brought approximately 10 victims from Mexico to metro Atlanta. The women were kept in the defendants' homes in Norcross while drivers took them to homes across the Atlanta area where paying clients were waiting for sex.

The four men were sentenced to a combined 33 years in prison and $125,000 restitution to victims for the crimes three of them pled guilty to last July.

"Those who enslave and sell young women, or who profit from it, must be held accountable," Yates said.

Juan Cortes-Meza, 33, was sentenced to 16 years, eight months in prison and $57,600 in restitution to a 17-year-old girl he brought across the border promising work in a restaurant or as a housekeeper.

Raul Cortes-Meza, 22, will serve 10 years in prison and forfeit $7,000 in restitution for one count of sex trafficking a juvenile.

Seventy-one-year-old Edison Wagner Rosa Tort, who took a victim to his Cartersville home in addition to being a driver, will serve five years in prison and forfeit $57,000 in restitution. He pled guilty in Sept. 2008.

Otto James Larios Perez, 27, was sentenced to two years, six months in prison and $3,600 restitution for charges of making a false statement to investigators regarding the sex ring.