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CASE NAME:United States v. James Marquez
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:James Marquez
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DOCKET NUMBER:04-CR-20409
SOURCE:Bloomberg, Lexis Search, News Article, Non-DOJ Press Release
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
RELATED CASE CITATION:United States v. George C. Clarke, United States v. Koenemann, United States v. Strevell, United States v. John Bollea, United States v. Thomas Taylor
TYPE OF TRIAL:Jury
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Hon.  Patricia A. Seitz
YEAR OF ARREST:2004
YEAR OF VERDICT:2004
TYPE OF COURT:Federal
STATE:Florida
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Southern 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:Costa Rica
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WAS VICTIM CHARGED WITH A CRIME:No
NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):1
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Sex
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Escort Service/Brothel, Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution, Sex Tourism
FIRST CHARGE:Attempting to induce a minor child to engage in prostitution
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 2422(b)
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
FIRST CHARGE SENTENCE:60 months + 36 months supervised release + $100 special assessment
SECOND CHARGE:Coercion or enticement of minor female
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 2423
SECOND CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Dismissed
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THIRD CHARGE:Sex trafficking of children or by force, fraud, or coercion
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1591
THIRD CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Dismissed
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:60 months
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APPEAL:No
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SUMMARY:

The FBI instituted an undercover operation that was designed to stop United States sex tourists before departing from the United States. The undercover operation consisted of a fake travel agency ("Costa Rica Taboo Vacations") that offered to match travelers with "tourist companions" ages 14 through 27 in Costa Rica. The defendant, a 47-year-old male from Florida, communicated with the agency and made arrangements to engage in sexual activities with a 14-year-old female upon his arrival in Costa Rica. The defendant paid $1,080 for the trip and the services in advance, and arranged to have the girl delivered to his hotel room. The defendant was arrested and found carrying condoms, disposable cameras, and costume jewelry for the girl. In total, 11 defendants were arrested in connection with the sting.

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