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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Maine Woman Sentenced to Prison and Home Confinement for Promoting Prostitution

Portland, Maine:  United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Lourdes Suero, 46, of Biddeford, Maine, was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Torresen to five months in prison and three years of supervised release for using a facility of interstate commerce to promote prostitution. After completing her prison sentence, Suero must serve up to five months of home confinement as a condition of supervised release. She pleaded guilty on March 18, 2019.

Court records reveal that on April 22, 2017, Suero went to a motel in Scarborough, Maine, where she met up with her adult son, Isaac Suero, and the female victim, who was 15 years old.  The defendant booked a room at the motel for the evening of April 22, exchanged telephone numbers with the victim, and left the victim in the rented motel room. The defendant and the victim later texted about the victim’s prostitution activities, with the defendant agreeing to drive the victim to meet with a client. The victim engaged in multiple commercial sex acts while she was staying in the room the defendant rented, and ultimately left the motel on her own the following day. The defendant’s son, Isaac Suero, was sentenced in a related case in June to nine years in prison for conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a minor. Records in that case show that in the days before Isaac Suero and the female victim met with the defendant in Scarborough, Isaac Suero was trafficking the victim in the Bangor area.

The District of Maine is one of six districts designated through a competitive, nationwide selection process as a Phase II Anti-Trafficking Coordination Team (ACTeam), through the interagency ACTeam Initiative of the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security and Labor. ACTeams focus on developing high-impact human trafficking investigations and prosecutions involving forced labor, international sex trafficking and sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion through interagency collaboration among federal prosecutors and federal investigative agencies.

The Southern Maine Gang Task Force—comprised of investigators from the FBI; the Portland, South Portland and Lewiston Police Departments; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration—investigated the case. The Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney’s Office also provided assistance.

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Human Trafficking
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Contact: 
Julia M. Lipez Assistant United States Attorney Tel: (207) 780-3257
Updated September 25, 2019