TENNESSEE -- Cristina Andres Perfecto, of Nashville, Tenn., pleaded guilty [Jan. 29] to two counts of commercial sex trafficking related to her role in a Memphis trafficking ring.
Perfecto admitted that she recruited two Mexican girls to come to the United States under fraudulent pretenses, knowing that the girls would be coerced into engaging in commercial sex acts and knowing that the victims were younger than 18 years of age. She faces a maximum sentence of life in prison for her crimes.
At her plea hearing, Perfecto admitted that she told the girls, who were 13 and 17 years of age at the time, that they would be employed at a restaurant in Nashville, knowing all along that the girls would be coerced to engage in prostitution in brothels in Memphis and Nashville. Perfecto further admitted that co-defendant Juan Mendez then used physical force and threats against the victims and their families to force the victims to engage in prostitution. Perfecto also admitted that she instructed the girls on how to engage in commercial sexual acts...
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