Underage sex slave ring busted in New York City

The four Mexicans who were charged in the case  
By: Debbi Gross 

Police in New York City, have busted an underage sex slave ring which has been operating in New York City for years, according to a press release by the Brooklyn, New York, U.S. attorney.

Three brothers from Mexico have been extradited and charged with running the underage sex trafficking ring which attracted girls as young as 14-years-old to the U.S., with promises of love and a new life, only to smuggle them to New York for brutality, federal officials said yesterday.

The brothers who were identified as Benito Lopez-Perez, 32, Jose Gabino Barrientos-Perez, 51, and Anastasio Romero-Perez, 39, began recruiting the girls who were later were forced to work as prostitutes in the New York area when they were only 14 and 15-years-old, Brooklyn, New York federal prosecutors allege.

Prosecutors also announced charges against a fourth man connected to another prostitution ring from Mexico to New York. Police have reunited one Mexican child, a sex trafficking victim, with her mom who were separated after more than a decade of pimping.

"Sex slavery crimes are the most revolting crimes of trafficking in women and girls," Brooklyn, New York, U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch, whose office cooperated with the Mexican federal police and attorney general of Mexico, said.

"The accused lured the young women to the world's oldest profession with the world’s oldest trick, the promise of a committed relationship and a better life," the U.S. attorney said.

The four defendants face a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison if convicted of sex trafficking.