ATLANTA (AP) - One of five men charged last summer with sex
trafficking of young Mexican women coerced into prostitution in metro Atlanta has admitted his role.
Federal prosecutors say 25-year-old Francisco Cortes-Meza pleaded guilty Thursday to sex trafficking by force and coercion, which carries a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison. A sentencing date has not been set.
According to information presented in court, Cortes-Meza began a
relationship with a 22-year-old in Mexico during the winter of 2007
and persuaded her to come with him to the United States under the
pretense that she could work in a restaurant.
Among four others indicted in July was his brother, 21-year-old Raul Cortes-Meza. No trial date has been set for him.
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