Six Must Pay $1M To Sex Slaves
Apr. 18, 1999
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ Six men who admitted forcing 17 women and girls into a prostitution-slavery ring were ordered to pay a total of $1 million to the victims.
The six men, who pleaded guilty to helping run brothels in Florida and South Carolina, were also sentenced Friday to between 2 1/2 and 6 1/2 years in prison.
The ringleader, Rogerio Cadena, 52, pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate the women's civil rights and was sentenced three weeks ago to 15 years in prison and also ordered to pay $1 million.
Prosecutors said Cadena's organization smuggled the women, some as young as 14, to the United States from Mexico with promises of steady work, then forced them into prostitution from 1996 to 1998.
The victims had sex with as many as 130 men a week, prosecutors said. The women were allowed to keep only $3 of the $20 to $25 charged by Cadena's men, and the $3 went back to the organization for room and board.
The ring was discovered when two 15-year-old girls escaped and found their way to the Mexican consulate.