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Friday March 25, 2011

Mexican National Sentenced for Smuggling and Sexual Trafficking Minor Victims in U.S. from Mexico

Mexican National Sentenced for Smuggling and Sexual Trafficking Minor Victims in U.S. from Mexico

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Amador Cortes-Meza, 36, of Tlaxcala, Mexico, was sentenced by U.S. D to serve 40 years in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release on charges of sex trafficking of minors; sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion; transporting minors for the purpose of prostitution; smuggling aliens into the United States for purposes of prostitution; and conspiracy to do the same, announced the Department of Justice.

Cortes-Meza was also ordered to pay restitution to the victims in the amount of $292,000.  The sentencing follows Cortes-Meza’s conviction on these charges on Nov. 21, 2010 after a trial.

U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia Sally Quillian Yates said, “No one wants to believe that there are people who will enslave other human beings and require them to commit innumerable commercial sex acts.  Yet this intolerable crime is happening right in our own neighborhoods in metropolitan Atlanta. This defendant tricked young girls and juveniles into leaving their families in Mexico, beat them, and forced them into more than 20 acts of prostitution a night here in Atlanta. These survivors courageously testified against the defendant and played a significant role in bringing him to justice. This defendant earned every day of his 40 year sentence.”
       
According to the charges and other information presented in court, Cortes-Meza was the ring leader of an organization that brought 10 victims, including four juveniles, to the United States and forced them into prostitution

Amador and his family members would pretend to be romantically interested in the young girls, many of whom were from rural areas and some of whom did not have much education.  The defendant and his co-conspirators would promise the victims they would have a life together and then tell them they needed to travel to the United States to make money working in restaurants or cleaning homes.