SACRAMENTO, CA - The investigation into an international sex trafficking ring nabbed five new suspects Thursday.
Initially, when the sex trafficking ring was broken up in late January, authorities charged three suspects of harboring illegal aliens. On Thursday, five other suspects were charged with conspiracy of pimping.
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The suspects stood silent except for a few words with attorneys. Luis Mata, Nery Rodriguez, Jorge Perez-Hernandez and Garrido Fuentas made their initial appearance in court, followed soon after by Adeladia Teran-Bravo.
All five face one count of conspiracy to commit pimping, while Mata and Rodriguez face two additional counts of pimping. Prosecutors said the group worked together to bring prostitutes to a brothel on 37th Street in South Sacramento.
However, court documents show the Sacramento house was just one of a network of brothels throughout California's Central Valley, from Stockton to Chico; members of the sex trafficking ring would bring women from Mexico and Central and South America to work as prostitutes.
According to the criminal complaint, the five defendants promoted the Sacramento brothel by passing out business cards at Home Depot and swap meets. Men would pay $40 for 15 minutes of sex. The women would work for a week, kept in one brothel without leaving, before a member of the ring would move them to another.
The five defendants appearing Thursday will be back in court at the end of the month for their arraignment.