Three Mexican brothers on Monday pleaded guilty to human trafficking charges, admitting they smuggled victims as young as 14 years old into the United States and forced them to work as prostitutes, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn said.
The men laundered the proceeds of the scheme via money transfer firms in New York City, prosecutors said.
Benito Lopez-Perez, 34, Anastasio Romero-Perez, 40, and Jose Barrientos-Perez, 52, committed the crimes between January 2003 and August 2010, court documents state. They were extradited from Mexico in December 2012.
The defendants targeted several Mexican girls – all of who were 14 years old or 15 years old – and through promises of romance and marriage, and later, rape and beatings, made them prostitutes in Mexico. However, the brothers saw an opportunity to make more profits.
In the mid-2000s, the brothers smuggled the victims into Queens, New York, where they were again forced to be prostitutes under the brothers' watchful eyes. In addition
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