Three men have been sentenced for involvement in a human trafficking ring in which women from Mexico were used as prostitutes in five Northern California cities, including Sacramento, Yuba City and Chico.
California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced that Nery Najarro-Rodriguez, 42, Jorge Perez-Hernandez, 37, and Luis Mata, 30, pleaded no contest to conspiracy to commit pimping and pandering as part of a multi-county investigation. Each was sentenced today in Sacramento Superior Court to three years in county jail.
The charges stemmed from an FBI investigation into a human trafficking network that spanned several Northern California counties. Young women, ages 21 to 30, were brought from Mexico and sold for sex to as many as 20 clients in a single day, according to an Attorney General's Office news release. The sex acts occurred in brothels in Chico, Stockton, Yuba City, Fairfield and Sacramento, officials said.
In January, the FBI served arrest and search warrants at the brothels and recovered evidence that was presented to the Attorney General's Special Crimes Unit. FBI surveillance showed that the women spent approximately one week at a particular brothel before being driven to another brothel or a bus station.
Federal prosecutors have charged three additional defendants with harboring an alien and conspiracy to harbor an alien. That case is still pending.
Special agents with the California Department of Justice obtained arrest warrants for five suspects on state conspiracy and pimping charges. Three of the five were the suspects sentenced today. A fourth suspect, Adelaida Teran-Bravo, 42, was previously convicted of felony accessory and sentenced to six months in county jail. Charges against the fifth defendant, Garrido Fuentas, 32, are pending in Butte County Superior Court.