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CASE NAME:United States v. Antonio Rivera
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Antonio Rivera, Jasmin Rivera, John Whaley, Jason Villaman
CITATION:2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 40190; 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 85090
DOCKET NUMBER:09-CR-619
SOURCE:Lexis Search, PACER (docket search)
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
RELATED CASE CITATION:Whaley v. Lopez, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 107802 (E.D.N.Y., July 30, 2012)
TYPE OF TRIAL:Jury
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Sandra J. Feuerstein
YEAR OF ARREST:2009
YEAR OF VERDICT:2011
TYPE OF COURT:Federal Court
STATE:New York
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Eastern District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:7 +
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Honduras, Guatemala, Ecuador, El Salvador
METHOD OF ENTRY INTO THE U.S.:Undocumented
WAS VICTIM CHARGED WITH A CRIME:No
NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):4
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female and Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Labor and Sex
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution, Restaurant/Bar Industry
FIRST CHARGE:Sex trafficking conspiracy
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 371
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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SECOND CHARGE:Sex trafficking by force, fraud, or coercion
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1591
SECOND CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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THIRD CHARGE:Forced labor conspiracy
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 371
THIRD CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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FOURTH CHARGE:Forced labor
FOURTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1589
FOURTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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FIFTH CHARGE:Transporting and Harboring Illegal Aliens
FIFTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1324
FIFTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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SUMMARY:Defendants Antonio and Jasmin Rivera owned and operated two bars in New York. From 2005-2008, the Riveras recruited women who had entered the country illegally from Latin America to work as waitresses. After the women agreed to work, the Defendants forced them to engage in commercial sex acts with patrons and other persons at the bar, threatening them with physical violence if they did not comply. Defendants kept a portion of the proceeds from the women's work. J. Rivera pleaded guilty to two counts of the superseding indictment. A. Rivera and Jason Villaman were found guilty of sex trafficking, forced labor, and other related charges. A. Rivera was sentenced to 720 months imprisonment.
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