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Prostitution Ring Busted in N.J.

July 19, 2002

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) _ Five people were indicted on charges they lured young Mexican girls into the United States and forced them into prostitution.

The girls, ages 14 to 18, were forced to perform up to six sex acts a day and to turn over the $35 they received from each customer to the ringleaders of a brothel in Plainfield, N.J., prosecutors said Thursday.

The five-count federal indictment charges Delfino Jimenez-Calderon; his brother, Luis; their sisters, Miriam and Laura Jimenez-Calderon; and a friend, Sergio Farfan, with conspiring to force the girls into prostitution.

The four Jimenez-Calderons are also charged with sex trafficking of children by force, and with fraud. They face up to five years in prison if convicted.

The women were arrested in March, and Farfan was arrested in April. Delfino and Luis Jimenez-Calderon remain at large.

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