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Maryland Man Arrested for Transporting Teen Girl for Prostitution

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 6, 2012

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Julio Cesar Revolorio Ramos, 28, of Adelphi, Md., was arrested late yesterday accused of transporting a teen girl as part of his prostitution business. 

Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli, II; and John P. Torres, Special Agent in Charge for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Washington, D.C., made the announcement.

Ramos, a native of Guatemala illegally present in the U.S., faces a maximum penalty of life in prison, if convicted. He will make his initial appearance at 2:00 p.m. in at the federal courthouse in Alexandria, Va., before U.S. Magistrate Judge John F. Anderson.

            “We have zero-tolerance for those who exploit vulnerable teen girls for profit,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride. “Juvenile prostitution is an unconscionable crime, and we’re determined to put these prostitution rings out of business in northern Virginia.”

“Sex trafficking of a minor is a particularly heinous crime,” said SAC Torres. “HSI is fully committed to working with our law enforcement partners, both locally and internationally, to combat the crime of human trafficking.”

“Juvenile sex traffickers represent the worst kind of predators – those who go after children," said Attorney General Cuccinelli. “My office remains committed to protecting Virginia's most vulnerable citizens from these predators. It is my hope that this arrest will put us one step closer to eradicating human trafficking in Virginia, which is why this task force was put together.”

            According to court documents, Ramos allegedly operated a prostitution service that transported women from Maryland to engage in commercial sex with clients in northern Virginia. Starting in January 2009 – when the victim was 15 years old – Ramos allegedly prostituted a teen girl from Maryland, and he continued to prostitute the girl at various times over the next year and a half. Court records allege that the victim was recruited by Ramos’s girlfriend and that the victim lived with Ramos and his girlfriend at a residence in Hyattsville.

            In addition, court records allege that in August 2012, Ramos was still engaged in operating his prostitution service and transported an adult female from Maryland to various locations in Annandale and Falls Church, Va.

This case was investigated by ICE HSI, with assistance from the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force. Virginia Assistant Attorney General and Special Assistant United States Attorney Marc Birnbaum and Assistant United States Attorney Michael Frank are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.

Founded in 2004, the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force is a collaboration of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies – along with nongovernmental organizations – dedicated to combating human trafficking and related crimes.

Criminal complaints are only charges and not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.justice.gov/usao/vae.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on https://pcl.uscourts.gov.

 

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