Fed: 12 indicted in Southeast sex trafficking case

12:48 AM, Jan 18, 2013   |    comments
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- Federal authorities said Thursday they have uncovered an illegal sex trafficking network that forced women into prostitution and traded them like slaves between cities in Georgia, Florida and the Carolinas.

Twelve people - eight men and four women - were indicted in U.S. District Court in Savannah.

Prosecutors said they had acted as a network of pimps who lured dozens of women to the United States from Mexico and Central America and forced them to work as prostitutes in homes, hotel rooms and mobile home parks, moving them between cities or states at least once a week.

Prosecutors said the sex network largely catered to Latino immigrants, and therefore had prostitutes working not only in larger cities such as Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C., but also in small farm communities such as Bonaire, Ga.

 

Associated Press

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