Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Four sex traffickers from Mexico have been charged with sex trafficking, interstate prostitution, human smuggling and money laundering – actions that involved victims as young as 14 years old
Benito Lopez-Perez, 32, and Anastasio Romero-Perez, 39, both of Mexico, were arraigned before U.S. District Court Judge Carol B. Amon in New York on a 25-count indictment following their extradition. A third defendant, Jose Gabino Barrientos-Perez, 51, was extradited from Mexico and arraigned previously, and faced the same charges, according to a press release by the Department of Justice. Yet another defendant, Antonio Lira-Robles, 37, had also been arraigned in federal court in Brooklyn in a separate sex trafficking case.