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CASE NAME:United States v. Francisco Cortez-Mesa
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Amador Cortes-Meza, Juan Cortes-Meza, Francisco Cortes-Meza a.k.a. "Paco", Raul Cortes-Meza, Edison Wagner Rosa Tort, Otto Jaime Larios Perez
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DOCKET NUMBER:1:08-cr-00055-RWS-GGB-4
SOURCE:Bloomberg, DOJ/US Attorney Website or Press Release, Lexis Search
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Jury
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Richard W. Story
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YEAR OF VERDICT:2010
TYPE OF COURT:Federal Court
STATE:Georgia
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Northern 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:Mexico
METHOD OF ENTRY INTO THE U.S.:Undocumented
WAS VICTIM CHARGED WITH A CRIME:No
NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):6
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Sex
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Escort Service/Brothel, Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution
FIRST CHARGE:Conspiracy to Defraud the United States
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 371
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SECOND CHARGE:Importation of Alien for Immoral Purposes
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 2, and 8 U.S.C. § 1328
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THIRD CHARGE:Sex Trafficking of Children or by Force, Fraud, or Coercion
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FOURTH CHARGE:Bringing in and Harboring Aliens
FOURTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:8 U.S.C. § 1324 and 18 U.S.C. § 2
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:480 months
RESTITUTION REQUIRED:$292,000
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APPEAL:Yes
EXPLANATION OF APPEAL:Appealed Sentence
APPELLATE OPINION CITATION:411 Fed. Appx. 284; 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 132136; 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 132127
HOLDING OF APPEALS COURT:Affirmed in part and dismissed in part
APPEAL STILL PENDING?:No
SUMMARY:Defendants recruited young women and girls from rural Mexico, promising education and a better life, and in some cases, marriage. Defendants then arranged for the victims to be smuggled into the U.S., and forced the victims to work as prostitutes in the Atlanta area by physical threats and violence after telling the victims that they owed money for their travel expenses. Ringleader Amador Cortes-Meza was found guilty on 19 counts and sentenced to 40 years in prison and ordered to pay $292,000 in restitution to victims. His charges included sex trafficking of minors by force, fraud or coercion; transporting minors for the purpose of prostitution; smuggling aliens for the purpose of prostitution; and conspiracy.
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