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MS-13 gang members convicted of trafficking 13-year-old girl

WTVR CBS 6
WTVR CBS 6
 2022-06-25
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ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Seven members and associates of the MS-13 street gang have been convicted of sex trafficking in federal court after taking in a 13-year-old runaway and coercing her into commercial sex acts in Maryland and Virginia.

The seven defendants all face a mandatory minimum prison term of 15 years when they are sentenced in November.

The U.S. Attorney's Officer for the Eastern District of Virginia, which prosecuted the case, announced the jury verdict Friday,

According to an FBI affidavit, the girl ran away from a youth home in Fairfax in 2018. She was sex trafficked for nearly two months in that year before she was recovered by the bureau's Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking task force. The trafficking occurred in Woodridge, Virginia, and Mount Rainier, Maryland.

She was also beaten on two separate occasions 26 times on her backside with a baseball bat — once when she was initiated into the gang and once when she was accused of stealing from another gang member.

The seven defendants — six men and a woman — lived in suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia and ranged in age from 22 to 50.

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lilly strong?
06-25

Where the heck are their mug shots...do they have anything to do with the rash of children gone missing lately...did you ask them or look into this?

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Bob Jones
06-26

So, were these gang members vetted through the legal immigrants process or were they illegals? If illegal, were they protected by sanctuary counties in Maryland and Virginia? Since it is doubtful that MS 13 gang members make it pass our immigration officials, I think we know the answers.

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Gerry Gore
06-26

why 15 years? That girl was not only trafficked numerous times, but beaten twenty six times with a bat on 2 occasions. I say two life sentences for each beating plus add on for each proven time of trafficking that child, with no chance of parole. They showed no mercy, no mercy should be shown. My opinions.

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