NORWALK MAN ADMITS ROLE IN SEX TRAFFICKING
OPERATION THAT INVOLVED PROSTITUTION OF MINORS
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that GIOVANNI VAZQUEZ, also known as “Screech,” 24, of Norwalk, pleaded guilty today before United States Magistrate Judge Holly B. Fitzsimmons in Bridgeport to one count of transportation of an individual with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. The charge stems from VAZQUEZ’ involvement in an interstate prostitution enterprise that included the sex trafficking of two minor victims.
According to court documents and statements made in court, VAZQUEZ and others were involved in a prostitution business. In pleading guilty, VAZQUEZ admitted that, in November 2010, he and a co-defendant transported a victim from Connecticut to New York to engage in prostitution. VAZQUEZ also admitted that he and others trafficked other victims, including two minors who were 14-years-old and 17-years-old, across state lines to engage in prostitution.
VAZQUEZ is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge Janet C. Hall on December 19, 2011, at which time VAZQUEZ faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.
VAZQUEZ has been detained in federal custody since his arrest on January 2, 2011.
This matter is being investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Norwalk Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Alina P. Reynolds and Krishna R. Patel.
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