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CASE NAME:United States v. Jorge Flores-Rojas
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Jorge Flores-Rojas
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DOCKET NUMBER:No. 3:08-cr-00034
SOURCE:Bloomberg, DOJ/US Attorney Website or Press Release, News Article
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Judge
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Chief Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr.
YEAR OF ARREST:2008
YEAR OF VERDICT:2008
TYPE OF COURT:Federal
STATE:North Carolina
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Western District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult and Minor
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:3
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Honduras (1), Unknown (2)
METHOD OF ENTRY INTO THE U.S.:Undocumented
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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 or by Force, Fraud or Coercion (2s)
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1591
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
FIRST CHARGE SENTENCE:288 months
SECOND CHARGE:Sex Trafficking of Children or by Force, Fraud or Coercion (3s)
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1591
SECOND CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
SECOND CHARGE SENTENCE:288 months
THIRD CHARGE:Sex Trafficking of Children or by Force, Fraud or Coercion they Aided, Abetted, Counseled, Commanded, Induced or Procured the Commission of This Offense
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1591
THIRD CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Dismissed
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FOURTH CHARGE:Transporting for Prostitution and they Aided, Abetted, Counseled, Commanded, Induced or Procured the Commission of This Offense (2)
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FOURTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Dismissed
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FIFTH CHARGE:Coercion or Enticement of Minor Female and they Aided, Abetted, Counseled, Commanded, Induced or Procured the Commission of This Offense
FIFTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 2422(b)
FIFTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Dismissed
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:288 months
RESTITUTION REQUIRED:$170,000
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SUMMARY:In November 2007, Defendant, Jorge Flores-Rojas, recruited an undocumented, 16-year-old, Honduran girl and transported her between Washington, D.C. and Charlotte, N.C. for the purpose of commercial sex in the Charlotte area. Flores-Rojas physically and sexually abused her in order to make her perform the commercial sex acts. Flores-Rojas also trafficked a 17-year-old girl and an adult female between Charlotte, N.C. and Washington, D.C to perform commercial sex acts. He had previously paid other people to transport these victims from Mexico into the United States. To maintain control over his victims, Flores-Rojas made them pray with him to Santa Muerte ("Saint Death"). He told at least one victim that if she tried to run away, the Saint would punish her. In February 2008, Flores-Rojas was arrested in Myrtle Beach, S.C., where he had brought several of his victims. He pled guilty to two charges of sex trafficking and was eventually sentenced to 288 months in prison. Flores-Rojas was also ordered to pay $117,000 in restitution to one of the victims. Additional charges: Conspiracy to Defraud the United States (1s) (18 U.S.C. § 371), dismissed; Unlawful Employment of Aliens and They Aided, Abetted, Counseled, Commanded, Induced or Procured the Commission of This Offense (4-5) (8 U.S.C. § 1342a), dismissed; Kidnapping (4s) (18 U.S.C. § 1201), dismissed; Coercion or Enticement of Minor Female (6s-7s) (18 U.S.C. § 2422), dismissed; Bringing In and Harboring Aliens (8s-9s) (8 U.S.C. § 1324), dismissed.
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