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Mexican Citizen Sentenced to 121 Months’ Imprisonment for Her Participation in an Organization That Forced Young Mexican Women into Sexual Slavery in New York

November 17, 2009

Consuelo Carreto Valencia, a member of the Carreto family sex trafficking ring that operated between Mexico, and Queens, New York, was sentenced to 121 months of imprisonment for benefitting financially from her participation in an organization that transported young Mexican women to the United States and forced them into prostitution. The sentencing proceeding was held today before United States District Judge Frederic Block at the U.S. Courthouse in Brooklyn, New York

The sentence was announced by Benton J. Campbell, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York; Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice; and John Morton, Assistant Secretary, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security (ICE).

From 1991 through 2004, Carreto Valencia served as a manager in her family’s sex trafficking operation based in Tenancingo, Tlaxcala, Mexico. She and her sons, Josue Flores Carreto and Gerardo Flores Carreto, and others, recruited young, uneducated women and girls from impoverished areas of Mexico and used or approved of a combination of deception, fraud, threats, and physical violence – including rape and coerced abortion – to force them to prostitute themselves in brothels throughout the New York City metropolitan area, including Queens and Brooklyn. Carreto Valencia and her family made hundreds of thousands of dollars in prostitution profits, while the women who had been separated from their families in Mexico received next to nothing.

At her guilty plea proceeding on July 22, 2008, Carreto Valencia admitted that while living in Mexico, she received wire transfers of money from New York, fully aware that they were the proceeds of acts of prostitution performed by women who had been recruited and smuggled into the United States by her sons Josue Flores and Gerardo Flores, and others. She also admitted that she knew that the young women had been forced into prostitution in the United States.

Previously, in April 2006, Josue Flores Carreto, Gerardo Flores Carreto, and co-defendant Daniel Perez Alonso were sentenced to terms of imprisonment of 50, 50, and 25 years, respectively, following their guilty pleas in April 2005. Carreto Valencia was extradited to the United States from Mexico in January 2007 to face the charges against her.

“It is unconscionable in this day and age that there are persons who would hold other human beings in conditions of servitude and force them into lives of prostitution in order to line their own pockets,” stated United States Attorney Campbell. “As this case demonstrates, sex traffickers operating from abroad should be on notice that they will find no refuge from reach of United States law enforcement.” Mr. Campbell extended his grateful appreciation to the agencies and individuals in the United States and abroad who assisted in the investigation.

Assistant Attorney General Perez stated, “The victims in this case were robbed of their freedom, their dignity, and their human rights. This case should send a clear message to others who contemplate violating the rights of innocent individuals for their own profit that the federal government will not hesitate to use its resources to bring the perpetrators to justice.”

“Even as Carreto Valencia heads to prison, there are still criminals coercing and trafficking young women and children into prostitution,” said ICE Assistant Secretary Morton. “This case attests to the commitment of ICE and its law enforcement partners to insure that there is no safe haven for those who seek to endanger and dehumanize innocent women and children.”

The government’s case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Monica E. Ryan and Hilary Axam, Acting Director of the Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit of the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division.

The case was investigated by Special Agents from the ICE New York Office, with assistance provided by ICE Special Agents from the New Jersey and Mexico City offices, the New York City Police Department, the G-TIP office at the U.S. Department of State, officials at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, and officials of the Mexican Prosecutor General of the Republic.

The Defendant:

Age: 61

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