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CASE NAME:United States v. Niam Jorge Tovar
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Niam Jorge Tovar
CITATION:2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 69506, <a href="http://www.fbi.gov/houston/press-releases/2009/ho082009.htm">http://www.fbi.gov/houston/press-releases/2009/ho082009.htm</a>
DOCKET NUMBER:09-CR-00494
SOURCE:Lexis Search, Non-DOJ Press Release, PACER (docket search)
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Jury
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Hon. Keith P. Ellison
YEAR OF ARREST:2009
YEAR OF VERDICT:2011
TYPE OF COURT:Federal
STATE:Texas
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Southern District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Minor
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:2 +
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Mexico
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NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):1
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Sex
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution
FIRST CHARGE:Sex Trafficking of Children
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1591(a)(2)
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
FIRST CHARGE SENTENCE:72 months and 5 years supervised release (pursuant to plea)
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:72 months
RESTITUTION REQUIRED:TBD by probation department 07/28/11
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SUMMARY:

Defendant, a Mexican citizen, convinced a 16-year-old Mexican girl that he loved her and she should come with him to the United States. He obtained fake documents for her, and arranged for them both to be smuggled into Houston, Texas. Once they were in Houston, the defendant told the victim that she would have to "work in an apartment," which she thought meant she would have to do housework. But the defendant explained to her that she would have to work in a brothel as a prostitute, and turn over all the money she made to him. He threatened her with violence if he did not obey him. Some reports suggested that the defendant also coerced other girls into doing the same thing. The 16-year-old victim told a relative living in Houston what was happening to her, and that relative called the Houston police.

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