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CASE NAME:United States v. Maricela Martinez-Uresti
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Maricela Martinez-Uresti, Violeta Juanita De Hoyos-Hernandez
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DOCKET NUMBER:03-CR-240
SOURCE:DOJ/US Attorney Website or Press Release, PACER (docket search)
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
RELATED CASE CITATION:05-CA-00321
TYPE OF TRIAL:Jury
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Hon. Sam Sparks
YEAR OF ARREST:2003
YEAR OF VERDICT:2003
TYPE OF COURT:Federal
STATE:Texas
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Western District Court
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NUMBER OF VICTIMS:2 +
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Mexico
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NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):2
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Sex
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution
FIRST CHARGE:Conspiracy to Smuggle, Transport and Harbor Illegal Aliens
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:8 USC 1324
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
FIRST CHARGE SENTENCE:108 months imprisonment + 36 months supervised release + $100 special assessment
SECOND CHARGE:Importation of Aliens for Immoral Purposes
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:8 U.S.C. 1328
SECOND CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
SECOND CHARGE SENTENCE:108 months + 36 months supervised release + $100 special assessment
THIRD CHARGE:Sex Trafficking of Children
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 USC 1591
THIRD CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
THIRD CHARGE SENTENCE:108 months + 36 months supervised release + $100 special assessment
FOURTH CHARGE:Transportation of Minors for Sexual Activity
FOURTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. 2423
FOURTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
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SUMMARY:

From November 2002 until May 2003, Defendants Martinez-Uresti and De Hoyos-Hernandez lured Mexican minor girls to the United States. Defendants' practice was to promise the girls and their parents that the girls would work at defendants' restaurant in Austin, Texas; parents typically paid $1,500 per child in smuggling fees. However, once the girls were in the United States, defendants forced them into prostitution. The defendants terrorized the girls by threatening to kill them if they refused to follow defendants' instructions.

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