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Easton Brothel Worker Pleads Guilty to Transporting Prostitutes and Sentenced to over a Year in Prison

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February 10, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Benson Everett Legg sentenced Isidro Jimenez Sanchez, age 32, of Easton, Maryland, today to a year and a day in prison, followed by one year of supervised release, after Jimenez Sanchez pleaded guilty to transporting or aiding and abetting in the transport of individuals to engage in prostitution. Upon completion of his sentence, Jimenez Sanchez, a Mexican citizen who entered the United States illegally, is expected to be deported from the U.S. to Mexico.

The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Chief Michael Pristoop of the Annapolis Police Department; Chief David A. Spencer of the Easton Police Department and Special Agent in Charge William Winter of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations.

According to the statement of facts in Jimenez Sanchez’ plea agreement, in July 2010, he began working in a brothel in Easton, Maryland. On May 20, 2010, a co-defendant of Jimenez Sanchez who is alleged to run the brothel, handed a prostitution business card to a confidential source. The co-defendant told the source about the girls at the Easton brothel. The source said this same man tried to hand him another business card several days later.

On July 6, 2010, a source telephoned the number on the business card, which was a cell phone being used at the brothel, located at 318 E. Dover Street in Easton. A man answered the phone and when asked, informed the source that there was a 17 year old Honduran girl available, who was new and very good. On July 7, 2010, the Easton Police Department, Annapolis Police Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement executed a search warrant at the brothel and arrested Jimenez Sanchez, a co-defendant and a female engaged in prostitution, who were in the apartment. A search of the home recovered condoms, lubricants and other items reflecting that the apartment and individuals were involved in prostitution. Women who worked as prostitutes in the brothel stated that the man who ran the brothel misled them into believing the work they would perform in Maryland was domestic housework and subsequently he kept them working as prostitutes by threatening them and/or their families with physical injury and violence.

Jimenez Sanchez aided and abetted in the operation of this prostitution business, including helping to transport the prostitutes into and from the state of Maryland to work in brothels run by his co-defendant, handling money in the brothel and purchasing items used in the operation of the prostitution business.

The case was investigated by members of the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force formed in 2007 to discover and rescue victims of human trafficking while identifying and prosecuting offenders. Members include federal, state and local law enforcement, as well as victim service providers and local community members. For more information about the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, please visit www.justice.gov/usao/md/Human-Trafficking/index.html.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the Annapolis and Easton Police Departments, and ICE HSI for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorneys P. Michael Cunningham and Rachel M. Yasser, who are prosecuting the case.

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