Monday, December 8, 2008

Florida: Women Trafficked For Sex Freed

MIAMI, FLORIDA - In coordinated South Florida raids, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested at least four suspected sex traffickers and rescued nine victims who had been forced into prostitution in several brothels, federal authorities said on Friday.

Officials said the arrests were in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Officials said the women were kidnapped in Mexico and put in various brothels across South Florida to service as many as 100 clients per week.

In a statement, authorities identified the four suspects as Arturo Rojas-Gonzalez, Elodia Capilla-Diego, Fidel Gutierrez-Gonzalez and Rosalio Valdez-Nava.

According to criminal complaints, ICE conducted an investigation into more than a dozen brothels and stash houses where immigrant women were forced into prostitution.

The FBI estimates that well over 100,000 children and young women are trafficked in America today. They range in age from 9 to 19, with the average age being 11.

READ THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE AT CBS4.com

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