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Federal judge sentences 70-year-old Houston madam to life in prison

January 21, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Federal judge sentences 70-year-old Houston madam to life in prison

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A federal judge sentenced a 70-year-old madam who for years operated a Houston brothel to life-in-prison on Wednesday.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Hortencia “Tencha” Medeles, 70, was found guilty last year of leading an international sex-trafficking ring that forced women and underaged girls into prostitution.

Authorities say Medeles operated the ring out of her three building complex in Houston, where she rented out 17 rooms for sex.

Investigators discovered a staggering number of men who frequented the brothel, paying as much as $500 per hour for sex with underaged girls. Records presented during the trial showed that the rooms were rented out 64,296 times over a 19 month, which ended in 2013.

The ring smuggled in girls from Mexico and Central American countries to work as prostitutes using smooth talking pimps who promised them a life love and marriage the Chronicle reported.

However, upon arriving in Houston, the sex trafficking victims were beaten, raped and threatened that their families back home would be killed if they tried to escape or refused to work.

“These girls came to the U.S. looking for their American dream, but instead they found their American nightmare,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Ruben Perez told the jury during Medeles’s trial. “It took guts for those girls to come here before you and say what happened to them.”

The U.S. Attorney has prosecuted 40 people in connection with the sex trafficking ring. One suspect, Alfonso Diaz-Juarez, still remains a fugitive. Authorities have issued a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to his capture.

“What occurred here was entirely modern day slavery, These women, and young girls were forced to commit unspeakable acts in deplorable conditions inside this cantina, and others,” said Special Agent Shauna Dunlap, of the FBI’s Houston Division. ”

“The longer Diaz-Juarez evades capture, the greater the chance more women could be victimized,” She added.

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