Arrests made in Organized Crime Ring

NEW YORK (AP) - Authorities have charged 14 reputed members and associates of the Gambino crime family on counts including sex trafficking, murder and racketeering.

The charges were described at a news conference Tuesday afternoon. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says it appears to be the first time that a crime family was accused of setting up its own interstate sex trafficking ring.

Bharara says it's more evidence that organized crime lives on, despite repeated prosecutions.

Among the charges are an allegation that those who were trafficked included a 15-year-old girl. Authorities say the women were under the age of 20.

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