Saturday, February 4, 2023

Mexican man accused of running sex trafficking ring in Queens extradited to New York

A Mexican man has been arrested and deported to the United States for allegedly running a sex trafficking ring Decades with his two brothers in Queens, federal prosecutors said.

Leonardo Jimenez-Rodriguez was extradited to Brooklynwhere he faces charges of sex trafficking, interstate prostitution and foreign trafficking for allegedly bringing young women from Mexico to the United States, where they were forced into sex work.

Jimenez Rodriguez, 39, was arrested in May following a joint investigation involving the National Security Investigations and the Mexican Federal Police.

His older brothers, Marcos, 46, and Melissa Jimenez Rodriguez, 41, He was previously arrested in Queens for his involvement in the schemeofficials said.

The couple worked out with their family and brother Cheat women by making false promise of love affairbefore “brutally” forcing her into prostitution in the United States between 1997 and May 2018, according to Brian Peace, US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

The brothers had apartments in Brooklyn and Queens where they housed their alleged victims.who were forced to work in brothels and other places, including New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Maryland, Boston, Philadelphia, Virginia and Washington, DC, according to Peace.

Charges have been filed against more than 175 people involved in Georgia, New York, Florida and Texas in a joint investigation into the “Jiménez Rodríguez Sex Trafficking Organization” based in Tenancingo, Mexico, a notorious city of traffickers. , with some in Mexico.


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