Federal prosecutors said that one of the accused acknowledged boasting about using violence against the women and their families.According to federal authorities, three Cuban residents were imprisoned for sex trafficking and other offences committed at strip clubs in Houston, Texas.
Sentenced Received More Than 17 Years
Hendry Jimenez Milanes, 39, received a 10-year term, while Rasiel Gutierrez Moreno, 38, received a sentence of more than 17 years. Rafael Mendoza Labrada, a third defendant, was given a term of more than two years’ service.
According to the Justice Department, Milanes was also sentenced to pay $359,108 in restitution, while Moreno was also had to pay $451,298.
Michaels’ International, a Houston strip club. Along with other offences, three Cuban residents were charged for forcing women to work at strip clubs in the Houston region.
According to U.S. Attorney Alamdar Hamdani, “These human smugglers terrorised female migrants, using Houston’s strip clubs along with psychological threats and sexual violence for their own financial gain.” The victims were particularly susceptible since they had come to the United States in pursuit of a fresh life, and the defendants profited on that.
Moreno entered a plea of guilty to racketeering and interstate travel in furtherance of sex trafficking.
He acknowledged to smuggling Cuban women into the United States while billing them $30,000 in “inflated smuggling debts,” according to the prosecution. Authorities claim that he coerced women to work at Houston strip clubs including Michaels’ International where they were compelled to perform sex acts on customers.
They claimed that Moreno retained the sales proceeds. At least 20 women were reportedly made to work at the clubs by Moreno. He also acknowledged that he had one lady under his control. Federal authorities claim that he boasted of using violence against other women and their families.
He once battered a female victim and made sure another victim saw her wounds. When one of the women ran away, he made contact with her family in Miami and Cuba and demanded that she go back to work and complete settling her debt with him.
In contrast to Labrada, who pled guilty to interstate travel in furtherance of racketeering, Milanes entered a guilty plea to compulsion and inducement last year.