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CASE NAME:United States v. Samuel Mendez Romero
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Samuel Mendez Romero, Noe Quetzal Mendez Guzman (a.k.a. Oso), Alejandro Mendez Ramos (a.k.a. Ricardo or Chino), Jose Luis Lopez (a.k.a. Oscar or Conejo)
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DOCKET NUMBER:02-CR-00780
SOURCE:DOJ/US Attorney Website or Press Release, Lexis Search, PACER (docket search)
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Judge
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Hon. Orinda D. Evans
YEAR OF ARREST:2003
YEAR OF VERDICT:2003
TYPE OF COURT:Federal Court
STATE:Georgia
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Northern District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:3 +
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Mexico
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NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):4
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Sex
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution
FIRST CHARGE:Conspiracy to defraud the United States
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 371
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
FIRST CHARGE SENTENCE:33 months + 36 months supervised release + $100 special assessment
SECOND CHARGE:Bringing In and Harboring Aliens
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 2, 8 U.S.C. § 1324(a)(1)(A)(i)
SECOND CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Dismissed
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THIRD CHARGE:Sex Trafficking of Children
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1591
THIRD CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Dismissed
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FOURTH CHARGE:Coercion or Enticement of Minor Female
FOURTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 2423
FOURTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Dismissed
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FIFTH CHARGE:Transporting for Prostitution
FIFTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 2421
FIFTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Dismissed
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:33 months + 36 months supervised release
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SUMMARY:

Defendants were charged with smuggling Mexican women into the United States and forcing them to become prostitutes. The women (at least 3) were brought to Atlanta and forced to have sex with at least 25 men a night and to turn over all the money they made to the defendants, as well as men working as taxi drivers. The defendants threatened the women and their families with violence if they did not comply.

Only Samuel Mendez Romero pleaded guilty and was sentenced. The other three defendants remain fugitives.

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