NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged 13 people in a sex slave ring they say forced young Mexican women into prostitution in New York and New Jersey.
The authorities say some of the women were delivered to farms in New Jersey, where each would have sex with up to 25 farm workers a day. They say others worked in brothels located in dingy apartments in poor neighborhoods.
Court papers say customers paid $30 for 15 minutes of sex and the women would get $15 but were usually forced to give it to traffickers who had smuggled them into the United States.
Some of the defendants were scheduled to appear in federal court in Manhattan on Wednesday.
Eight defendants were jailed without bail Wednesday in New York. Four are in custody elsewhere. One is being sought.