Family business: a smuggler was transporting women and girls from Mexico to the United States and sold them into sex slavery

Today, August 15, the leader of the family criminal business of sex trafficking were prosecuted on charges of smuggling and prostitution.

45-year-old Jose Miguel Melendez Rojas was arrested in February 2019 in Mexico after a joint investigation by Immigration and customs service, organs of internal security, their offices in Mexico city and new York and the Federal police of Mexico.

According to prosecutors, for more than ten years, between 2006 and 2017, Melendez Rojas and his relatives was smuggled young women and girls in the United States, where they were forced to work as prostitutes in new York and other places.

«He, along with others in this «family business», used intimidation and abuse to force their victims to participate in sexual acts against their will, said HSI special agent Fitzhugh. The safety and well — being sacrifices for us in the first place, and we will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to these criminal organizations ceased to deceive for financial gain».

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In the case of a guilty plea Melendez Rojas and each of the parties to the agreement may obtain from 15 years and up to the maximum punishment — life imprisonment.