Peruvian Woman Convicted Of Running Sex Trafficking Venture
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Ruth Antuanet Miller, 35, originally from Peru but now a resident of Arlington, Va., pleaded guilty today to Conspiracy to Commit Sex Trafficking by Force, Fraud and Coercion.
Dana J. Boente, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Scott R. Rittenberg, Acting Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations in Washington, D.C., and Colonel Edwin C. Roessler, Jr., Fairfax County Chief of Police, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by United States District Judge Claude M. Hilton.
Miller faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment when she is sentenced on March 28, 2014.
In a statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Miller admitted that from May 2011 through July 2013, she was the leader of a venture that prostituted women, including illegal aliens, at various hotels and motels in Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, and Fairfax County, Virginia.
Miller coerced some of the women to prostitute by claiming that she had ties to U.S. immigration agencies and that she could have the victims removed from the United States if they refused. Miller coerced other women by claiming that she had ties with local law enforcement agencies and that the victims would be arrested if they did not perform commercial sex acts. One victim incurred a debt to Miller and Miller used a form of debt bondage to induce this victim to perform sex acts. Miller also claimed to be affiliated with a criminal street gang and implicitly threatened victims with harm if they failed to comply with Miller’s demands.
Miller allowed the victims to keep 50% of the money they earned from prostitution, while victims were required to pay Miller the other 50%. Although the prices varied over time, Miller typically instructed the women to charge $60 for 10 to 15 minutes of sex, $80 for 20 minutes, and $100 for one hour. Miller’s co-conspirators assisted her in operating the venture by doing such things as booking hotel rooms, helping her post advertisements on the Internet, transporting the victims, and collecting money from the victims. Miller admitted that she trafficked at least five victims.
This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the Fairfax County Police Department with the assistance of the Arlington County Police Department and the City of Falls Church Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys Michael J. Frank and Inayat Delawala are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.justice.gov/usao/vae. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on https://pcl.uscourts.gov.