NEW YORK (AP) - A Mexican national accused of coercing women into working as prostitutes around the United States has been extradited to New York to face federal charges. Federal authorities say 45-year-old Hugo Hernandez-Velazquez belonged to a sex-trafficking organization that exploited women for more than 18 years. The group had a base in Queens and allegedly used beatings and forced abortions to coerce the women into working in brothels from Alabama to Connecticut. A message was sent to Hernandez-Velazquez’s attorney seeking comment. Hernandez-Velazquez faces at least 15 years in prison if convicted. Two of his siblings are also charged in the case.
A Mexican national gets extradited to NY on sex trafficking charges.
Posted: Feb 20, 2021 11:07 AM
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