Eight defendants, including six Mexican nationals, forced young women and underage girls from Mexico and Latin America into prostitution in the United States, reported Breitbart.

The Rendon-Reyes Trafficking Organization operated as a family-based criminal enterprise that smuggled young women and girls into the United States for over a decade, according to a statement from the Department of Justice.

Prosecutors from the Eastern District of New York originally charged defendants Jovan Rendon-Reyes, 33, of Mexico; Saul Rendon-Reyes, 39, of Queens; Guillermina Rendon-Reyes, 46, of Mexico; Francisco Rendon-Reyes, 28, of Queens; Jose Rendon-Garcia, 34, of Mexico; Felix Rojas, 47, of Mexico; Odilon Martinez-Rojas, 45, of Mexico; and Severiano Martinez-Rojas, 52, of Mexico in 2015. Law enforcement officers in the U.S. and Mexico simultaniously arrested the suspects in a bi-national operation in November 2015.

Between April 5 and April 21, 2017, all eight defendants pled guilty to, “charges of Racketeering involving predicate acts of sex trafficking by force, fraud, or coercion and sex trafficking of minors.”

In addition to the racketeering charges that all eight defendants pled guilty to, seven of the defendants pleaded guilty to additional charges.

Court records indicate the Rendon-Reyes Trafficking Organization recruited girls from Mexico and illegally smuggled them into the United States. Once in the country, the girls were trafficked into New York and Georgia where the defendants forced them into prostitution as sex slaves.

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