Illegal Alien Pleads Guilty in Scheme to Transport Prostitutes to Work in Annapolis and Easton, Maryland Brothels
Baltimore, Maryland - Jose Antonio Reyes-Maradiaga, age 28, an illegal alien from El Salvador, residing in Annapolis, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to transporting individuals to engage in prostitution in Annapolis and Easton, Maryland.
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; and Special Agent in Charge William Winter of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations.
According to Reyes’ plea agreement, he assisted a co-defendant who operated prostitution operations in the Annapolis and Easton, Maryland areas. On numerous occasions between June and November 2010, Reyes was observed operating or riding in vehicles being driven for or by the co-defendant to transport prostitutes between the brothels. Reyes used cell phones to learn of business assignments in support of the prostitution business.
On June 28, 2010, police stopped the vehicle Reyes was operating. Reyes had no Maryland driver’s license and was transported to the police station for processing. A search of Reyes’ property recovered: two picture identification cards, one from El Salvador in the name of Jose Antonio Reyes Maradiago and a Mexican license in the name of Luis Alberto Reyes; and a store receipt dated that same day for paper towels, condoms, and other supplies for the brothel. Law enforcement recovered from Reyes: $723.76 in cash and two cell phones which contained the phone number for the Annapolis brothel.
Reyes faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Benson Everett Legg has scheduled sentencing for May 11, 2012 at 12:00 p.m.
The case was investigated by 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 praised the Annapolis Police Department and ICE Homeland Security Investigations for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys P. Michael Cunningham and Rachel M. Yasser, who are prosecuting the case.