ATLANTA, Georgia (WDEF) – The U.S. Attorney in Atlanta reports a fourth suspect has now been convicted for sex trafficking.
Prosecutors say the ring compelled young women from Mexico and Central America to engage in commercial sex.
Severiano Martinez-Rojas of Mexico was sentenced to 24 years in prison.
Two co-defendants pleaded guilty to sex trafficking while a third admitted to harboring aliens.
“Sex trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery that exploits and traumatizes some of the most vulnerable members of our society,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak.
The prosecution alleged that the ring lured the girls to the U.S. with faked romantic relationships, promising love, marriage and work.
They smuggled them into the country illegally, then used violence and threats to put them to work in a brothel.
“Human trafficking is disgraceful and unacceptable. The sentence demonstrates the Department of Justice’s unwavering commitment to combatting these crimes,” said Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband.
“This sex trafficking enterprise was extensive and resulted in the abuse of young women and girls.”