Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Maryland Man Pleads Guilty to Sex Trafficking

From the Baltimore Sun:

A 35-year-old Prince George's County man pleaded guilty today to human trafficking for forcing a 14-year-old female Mexican national into a life of prostitution, according to federal prosecutors.

Javier Miguel Ramirez of Hyattsville faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison when he is sentenced in June, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office said. He pleaded guilty during a hearing in the courthouse in Greenbelt.

"Few crimes are more repugnant than sex trafficking a helpless and innocent girl," James A. Dinkins, the special agent in charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Baltimore, said in a statement. Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein called the act a "depraved and morally reprehensible crime."

Prosecutors said that from August 2005 to June 2006, Ramirez had the girl tell clients she was 20 years old and that he took her to meet clients, sometimes more than 25 a day, and took most of the money she received. Customers were charged up to $30 for 15 minutes of sex.

"During this time, the girl was dependent on Ramirez for housing, food, clothing and other incidentals," prosecutors said in a statement.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous6:37 PM

    this is terrible . i cant believe that this happen. what has our world turned into