Saturday, 3 March 2012

Los Granados, run by Angel Cortez Granados and his family, force women into prostitution in N.Y.C. and Mexico.

 	Sex trafficking gangs like Los Granados force women into prostitution in N.Y.C. and Mexico. Photo by AP


Sex trafficking gangs like Los Granados, run by Angel Cortez Granados and his family, force women into prostitution in N.Y.C. and Mexico.

A Mexican man pleaded guilty in Brooklyn to working for the family business — an international sex trafficking ring that goes back generations.

Angel Cortez Granados, 25, admitted Friday he wooed a woman and brought her to the U.S. as his “girlfriend” only to enslave her as a Queens prostitute traveling from john to john in a livery cab.

“I threatened her, telling her that she was alone in this country, that nobody would help her, so that she would work as a prostitute,” Granados told Federal Judge Cheryl Pollak.

He said he warned the victim, identified only as Esperanza, that he would call the cops if she didn’t follow orders.

“Since she didn’t have any papers, (I was) scaring her with the possibility of going to jail,” he said.

Six other members of the Los Granados ring have been charged in New York, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Pamela Chen.

The feds identified their first victim in 1998. Prosecutors believe at least 20 relatives are involved in luring women into sexual slavery in the city.

Mexican authorities have arrested four members and at least four others are reportedly on the run. There’s a $78,000 reward.

The Granados are from Tenancingo, in Tlaxcala state — notorious as the center of Mexican sex trafficking.

The town of 10,000 even holds a procession every year for a “patron saint of pimps,” prosecutors said.

It’s also famous for luxurious mansions paid for by the prostitutes’ earnings, called calcuilchil or “houses of ass” in the region’s indigenous language.

Chen said the pimps rope in the women “with some sort of romantic relationship.”

But once they get to the U.S., they are forced to sell sex, usually for $35 for a 15-minute session.

“They use all sorts of intimidation, threats, against the women,” Chen said. “It’s a whole industry, which is upsetting.”

The feds have found at least 15 women trafficked by the Granados family ring in the city, Chen said.

The pimps often partner with livery drivers based out of Roosevelt Ave. in Jackson Heights, Queens, where promoters hand out cards and even bottle openers advertising sexy girls for “delivery,” she said.

Granados, who was nabbed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in the Bronx in September, faces a minimum of 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

He sneaked over the Arizona border with Esperanza in 2010, pushing her into prostitution in North Carolina before bringing her to the city in January 2011, court papers say.

He took most of her earnings — but must now pay her restitution.


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