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Alleged Member of Mexican Sex Trafficking Ring Extradited from Mexico to Face Charges in Brooklyn

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 19, 2012

Following his extradition from Mexico to the United States, Mexican national Antonio Lira-Robles, an alleged member of the Granados family sex trafficking ring, will be arraigned later today
before United States Magistrate Judge Cheryl L. Pollak, at the U.S. Courthouse in Brooklyn, on sex trafficking, alien smuggling, and money laundering charges.1 The extradition and arraignment were announced by Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and James T. Hayes, Jr., Special Agent-in-Charge, New York Field Office, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

If convicted of sex trafficking, Lira-Robles faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years, and a maximum sentence of life.

As alleged in the indictment, Lira-Robles, working with other Granados family members, compelled numerous victims to work in prostitution through a combination of force, fraud, and coercion. Lira-Robles is specifically charged with sex trafficking two such victims, and smuggling them from Mexico into the United States, one in 2006 and the other in 2008. Eight victims of the Granados sex trafficking conspiracy are identified in the indictment.

“The extradition of yet another member this extensive Mexican sex trafficking ring demonstrates our resolve to relentlessly pursue those who prey upon vulnerable women and force them into sexual slavery for their own profit,” stated United States Attorney Lynch.

“Today, Lira Robles will face justice for charges as an alleged henchman for the Granados sex trafficking ring known for smuggling women from Mexico and ruthlessly forcing them into prostitution,” said HSI Special Agent-in-Charge Hayes. “HSI and its law enforcement partners in Mexico have a common goal – to bring those who traffic innocent women across the border to answer for their crimes in the United States.”

The government’s case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Pamela Chen and Soumya Dayananda.

The Defendant:

Name: ANTONIO LIRA-ROBLES
Age: 37

 

 

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1 The charges in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.



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