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(CNSNews.com) - President Trump and other advocates of a border wall say it would reduce cross-border criminal activity and sex trafficking cases such as the one concluded last week in federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Five Mexicans, members of the international Rendon-Reyes Trafficking Organization, received prison terms of 15 to 25 years, the Justice Department announced on Monday. Three other defendants are set to be sentenced on Jan. 15.
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The defendants pled guilty in 2017 to racketeering, sex trafficking, and other federal charges following their arrests in Mexico and the United States, "where they were residing illegally," DOJ said.
For over a decade, the Rendon-Reyes Trafficking Organization, based in Tenancingo, Tlaxcala, Mexico, smuggled numerous young women and girls from Mexico and Central America into the United States and forced them to engage in prostitution for the organization’s profit.
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According to documents filed in court, between December 2004 and November 2015, members of the Rendon-Reyes Organization, including the defendants, forced multiple young women and girls, including the 12 referenced in court documents, to perform countless commercial sex acts throughout the United States and Mexico.
The organization targeted vulnerable women and girls, some as young as 14, from impoverished areas of Mexico and Central America. Male members of the Organization typically used false promises of love and marriage to lure the victims into fraudulent romantic relationships.
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In some instances, they forcibly abducted the victims, and on one occasion, a victim’s child. Members of the Organization frequently arranged for others to smuggle...
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