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CASE NAME:United States v. Jacobo Dominguez Vazquez
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Jacobo Dominguez Vazquez, Jose Luis Chavez, Braulio Aniceto Velez
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SOURCE:News Article, Non-DOJ Press Release
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TRIAL JUDGE(S):Hon. Clarence A. Brimmer
YEAR OF ARREST:2006
YEAR OF VERDICT:2007
TYPE OF COURT:Federal Court
STATE:Wyoming
FEDERAL DISTRICT:District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Minor
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:1
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):3
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Sex
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution
FIRST CHARGE:Child Sex trafficking
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1591
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
FIRST CHARGE SENTENCE:97 months
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SUMMARY:All three defendants pled guilty to smuggling a 13 year-old girl into the United States from Mexico for the purpose of prostituting the victim. The men coerced the girl into prostituting herself to repay her "smuggling" fee, which was upwards of $2000. The defendants solicited business in Jackson, Wyoming, operating out of motels in the area. The three defendants kept  all the money earned by the victim.

The defendants fled with the girl to Phoenix, Arizona, after an altercation between the defendants and customer resulted in a call to the police,  The defendants remained in Arizona for eighteen months before returning to Jackson; however, police were not able to track down the defendants until a year after their return to Jackson.

Authorities believe that the girl was forced to prostitute herself throughout the two years that she was in defendants' custody. Authorities also suspect that the defendants enticed other women and girls to travel from Mexico to the United States as part of a larger trafficking ring, although no further charges have been made.
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