Four accused of prostitute recruitment
La Voz de KY
La Voz de KY
Recruited Spanish-speaking women from North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Maryland to become prostitutes
Customers allegedly paid the defendants $30 for 15 minutes of sexual activity
LEXINGTON, KY- Four individuals living in Lexington, Kentucky were indicted Friday, March 2 for recruiting and enticing women from other states to come to Kentucky so they could solicit them for prostitution. A Lexington grand jury returned the indictment charging Marco Antonio Flores-Benitez, 38; Roxana Serna-Olea, 36; Adrian Lezama-Ruiz, 26; and Roberto Salinas-Rivera, 35, with persuading, inducing, and enticing an individual to travel in interstate commerce to engage in prostitution.
According to the indictment, from September 2009 through January 2011, the defendants managed a business that offered prostitution delivery services in Louisville and Lexington and operated a brothel at Cross Keys drive in Lexington.
As part of the conspiracy, the defendants allegedly recruited Spanish-speaking women from North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Maryland to become prostitutes. Customers allegedly paid the defendants $30 for 15 minutes of sexual activity and the women were expected by the defendants to engage in sexual intercourse with multiple customers per day. The defendants delivered the prostitutes to customers in Fayette, Woodford, Oldham, and Jefferson Counties in Kentucky.
The indictment alleges that the defendants advertised services in Spanish-speaking publications using code words for prostitution. Itâ€™s also alleged that in October 2011, Salinas-Rivera drove one of the females to Keeneland Race Track to offer prostitution services.
f convicted of sex trafficking, Flores-Benitez faces a prison sentence of not less than 15 years and up to life imprisonment. If convicted of the offenses with which they are charged, Serna-Olea, Lezama-Ruiz, and Salinas-Rivera face a maximum prison sentence of 20 years
The indictment of a person by a grand jury is an accusation only, and that person is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.