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Immigrant Pleads Guilty to Sex Trafficking

ATLANTA (AP) - A Mexican man has admitted taking part in a ring
that lured young women to the United States and forced them into
prostitution.

Raul Cortes-Meza pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge of sex trafficking of a minor.

The 21-year-old Cortes-Meza was indicted in June on eight counts, including importing women for prostitution and harboring aliens for private financial gain.

His brother, 25-year-old Francisco Cortes-Meza, pleaded guilty in December to sex trafficking by force and coercion.

Three others were named in the indictment alleging that at least 10 females, including four under 18, were promised jobs or romance in the U.S., then held in suburban homes to perform sex acts with up to 30 men a night at $25 apiece.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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