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Member Of The Granados-Hernandez Sex Trafficking Organization, Eleuterio Granados-Hernandez, Sentenced To 22 Years In Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of New York
Mexican Sex Trafficker Sentenced Today In Federal Court

Earlier today, Eleuterio Granados-Hernandez was sentenced before Judge Kiyo A. Matsumoto in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, New York, to 22 years’ imprisonment, to be followed by five years of supervised release, for the sex trafficking of five victims and restitution in the amount of approximately $3 million for three victims.

The sentence was announced by Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York and James T. Hayes, Jr., Special Agent-in-Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), New York.

“This defendant preyed on young women with the intent to force them into a degrading life of sexual slavery. He targeted the women, disregarding their dignity, solely to line his pockets in proceeds from the prostitution business,” stated United States Attorney Lynch. “This sentence sends a message to other would-be traffickers that we are committed to eradicating the sex trafficking of young girls.” Ms. Lynch extended her grateful appreciation to the organizations that provided services and advocacy to the victims in this case, including Sanctuary for Families, Safe Horizon, My Sister’s Place and the law firm of King and Spalding.

On August 1, 2012, Granados-Hernandez pled guilty to a superseding information charging that between October 2000 and April 2011, he smuggled five victims, including one minor, from Mexico illegally into the United States and forced each of them to engage in prostitution. Granados-Hernandez, who kept the prostitution proceeds earned by the victims, engaged in a pattern of abuse for over a decade.

According to court documents, Granados-Hernandez smuggled each of the victims with the intent to force then into prostitution. For example, soon after he smuggled the victim identified as Jane Doe #2 to New York, Granados-Hernandez insisted that she work as a prostitute where she provided sexual services for as many as 15 to 18 clients per day.

Similarly, in 2003, Granados-Hernandez smuggled the victim identified as Jane Doe #3 into the United States and soon after forced her into prostitution. Jane Doe #3 worked for Granados-Hernandez for approximately six years and during that period, he beat her and threatened her frequently.

In 2009, Granados-Hernandez met the 17 year-old victim known as Jane Doe #5 in Puebla, Mexico and smuggled her to New York shortly after she turned 18 years old. Three months after her arrival in New York, Granados-Hernandez insisted that Jane Doe #5 work as a prostitute. When Jane Doe #5 refused, Granados-Hernandez physically assaulted her several times. Fearing more violence, Jane Doe #5 worked for Granados-Hernandez as a prostitute until 2010.

In 2005, Granados-Hernandez became romantically involved with the victim identified as Jane Doe #11 when she was 15 years old. Soon after their initial meeting, Granados-Hernandez smuggled her into the United States. Once in the United States, Granados-Hernandez told Jane Doe #11 that she had to work as a prostitute to repay the smuggling debt. Although she initially refused, Jane Doe #11, age 16 at the time, feared physical abuse and relented to working as a prostitute for Granados-Hernandez.

At the sentencing, Jane Doe #11 spoke about her victimization by Granados-Hernandez over a four-year period. She stated that, “When I was just 15 years old he took advantage of my innocence and lied to me so I could be under his control. He promised me a happy life next to him but instead I lived the worst nightmare.” Jane Doe #11 further stated that, “Granados-Hernandez never cared about how much I suffered. To him, I was just an object that brought him money.”

As set forth in court filings, Granados-Hernandez’s brother Samuel Granados-Hernandez and his cousins, Angel Cortez-Granados and Antonio Lira-Robles, also smuggled young women from Mexico illegally into the United States, forced them to work as prostitutes in New York City and elsewhere, and collected profits from their activities. Cortez-Granados, Samuel Granados-Hernandez and Lira-Robles all pleaded guilty to sex trafficking. In September 2013, Cortez-Granados was sentenced to 15 years in prison, in a separate case. At the time of their sentencings, Samuel Granados-Hernandez and Lira-Robles likewise face a 15-year mandatory minimum sentence.

The government’s case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Soumya Dayananda.

The Defendant:


Age: 31


E.D.N.Y. Docket No. CR-11-297 (S-5) (KAM)

Updated July 2, 2015