Illegal admits to transporting at least 100 women for prostitution

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By: John Roberts 

An illegal Mexican immigrant was arrested and charged with transporting at least 100 women for prostitution, according to court documents.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement, also known as ICE, announced that an illegal Mexican immigrant living in Riverdale, Maryland, pleaded guilty to transporting more than 100 women from various states to engage in prostitution in the state of Virginia.

The case was investigated by the Gang Unit. The unit is part of the Northern Virginia Trafficking Task Force.

The defendant's name is Marco Sanchez Hernández, and is known as "Marquito." He faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison, and is scheduled to be sentenced in several months.

According to court documents, Hernandez admitted his role in a trafficking ring from 2005 to July 2012. The transport network of women into prostitution occurred in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. Specific areas include Washington D.C., Virginia, Fairfax County, Prince William County, Alexandria, Arlington, Newport News, Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

The court documents indicate that women were ordered to charge $30 for 15 minutes of sex. Hernandez mainly transported women to engage in prostitution, but also collected money from several drivers and transported women to customers' homes as well.

Hernandez even advertised the prostitution business. He handed cards to Mexican restaurants, construction sites, check cashing stores and more. The profits were eventually sent to the leader of the organization in Mexico.