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CASE NAME:United States v. Noris Elvira Rosales Martinez
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Ana Luz Rosales Martinez, Jose Nahum Rosales Rosales, Luisa Medrano, Lourdes Rosales Martinez, Zenia Zunilda Martinez, Nancy Floridalma Rosales Martinez, Jose Arnaldo Isaula-Meza, Elsa Consuelo Isaula-Meza, Noris Elvira Rosales Martinez, Jose Dimas Magana, Rosalba Ortiz 
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DOCKET NUMBER:3:05-cr-00148-JAP
SOURCE:DOJ/US Attorney Website or Press Release, News Article, PACER
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Jury
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Joel A. Pisano
YEAR OF ARREST:2005
YEAR OF VERDICT:2006
TYPE OF COURT:Federal
STATE:New Jersey
FEDERAL DISTRICT:District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult and Minor
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:10 +
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Honduras
METHOD OF ENTRY INTO THE U.S.:Undocumented
WAS VICTIM CHARGED WITH A CRIME:No
NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):11
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female and Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Labor
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution, Restaurant/Bar Industry
FIRST CHARGE:Forced Labor
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1589 & 1594 (a)
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
FIRST CHARGE SENTENCE:78
SECOND CHARGE:Bringing in and harboring aliens
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:8 U.S.C. § 1324 (a)(1)(A)(iii) & 1324 (a)(1)(A)(v)(II)
SECOND CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
SECOND CHARGE SENTENCE:78
THIRD CHARGE:Conspiracy to defraud the United States
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 371
THIRD CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
THIRD CHARGE SENTENCE:60
FOURTH CHARGE:Attempt to evade or defeat tax
FOURTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:26 U.S.C. § 7201
FOURTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
FOURTH CHARGE SENTENCE:Probation
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:78
RESTITUTION REQUIRED:3891.00
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SUMMARY:At least ten girls and young women from Honduras were forced to dance at bars, drink with customers and encouraged to prostitute themselves Hudson County, New Jersey to pay back thousands of dollars in smuggling debts to the defendants who were part of a ring reaching from New Jersey to Honduras. The alleged debts to the smugglers were as high as $20,000 per victim. The victims' age ranged from 14 to mid-twenties, and they were all recruited in Honduras with promises for legitimate work in a restaurant in New Jersey. On the way to the US, many of them were raped. At least three of them were forced to abort subsequent pregnancies including at least one late-term abortion. Physical abuse, threats of abuse (to the victims and their families in Honduras), threats deportation, and warnings not to trust law enforcement were used to deter the victims from escaping. Luisa Medrano, 50, a naturalized US citizen who is from El Salvador, was the ringleader of the smuggling operation. She was the owner of three bars and three crowded apartments where the victims were forced to live. Defendant Jose Arnaudlo Isaula-Meza, from Honduras, was the lead coyote. He took the victims from the US-Mexican border and raped some of them, including minors. The other smuggler charged was Jose Isaula-Meza's sister, Elsa Consuelo Isuala-Meza (Houston, Texas). She met some of the girls in Houston and arranged the girls' transportation to the east coast. Defendants Lourdes Rosales Martinez, Zenia Zunilda Martinez and Nancy Floridalma Rosales Martinez, all Honduran natives, recruited the females from villages near Olanchito, Honduras. Defendants Noris Elvira Rosalex Martinez, Ana Luz Rosales Martinez, Jose Dimas Magana, and Rosalba Ortizw collected smuggling fees from the victims and enforced the ring's rules these defendants commited most of the physical abuse. Several of the defendants agreed to plea bargains in which several charges were dropped. At least three of the defendants were in Honduran custody and being charged there.
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