Tuesday, May 21, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
ATLANTA -- Four Mexican men have been indicted for their alleged roles in an international sex trafficking ring with ties to Norcross.
Arturo Rojas-Coyotl, 28, and uncles Odilon Martinez-Rojas, 41, and Severiano Martinez-Rojas, 48, all of Tenancingo, Mexico, were indicted Tuesday by United States Attorney's Office on charges of sex trafficking and alien harboring. Daniel Garcia-Tepal, 28, was charged with encouraging and inducing aliens to enter and reside in the United States unlawfully.
The charges stem by the men's alleged efforts to use "force, fraud and coercion to compel three women to engage in prostitution in Atlanta and Norcross" between 2006 and 2008. Royas-Coyotl and Garcia-Tepal are also accused of forcing a fourth woman to come to the United States and stay or the last three years.
"The defendants are charged with preying on young women from Mexico and Guatemala, smuggling them into the United States under false pretenses and forcing them into prostitution," U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a statement. "U.S. laws protect all trafficking victims, and we will prosecute those who engage in this practice."
Special agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement arrested all but Severiano Martinez-Rojas "in a highly coordinated law enforcement sweep" on Tuesday, officials said. The lone suspect to remain on the lam is believed to be in Mexico.
"The FBI will coordinate with its legal attache in Mexico City to affect his arrest and subsequent extradition back to the United States," according to a news release from the Department of Justice.
Authorities also executed four search warrants in Atlanta and Norcross on Tuesday.
Each sex trafficking charge filed against the defendants carries a maximum sentence of life in prison; each alien harboring charge has a maximum sentence of 10 years.