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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Hampshire

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 2, 2016

New York Man Pleads Guilty To Transporting Women For Prostitution

            CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE:   Neptali De La Cruz Hernandez, 32, of New York, New York, appeared in United States District Court in Concord, New Hampshire on Friday and pled guilty to transporting two women in interstate commerce for prostitution, announced United States Attorney Emily Gray Rice. 

            According to court records and statements in court, on April 6, 2016, detectives with the Salem, New Hampshire Police Department responded to a tip regarding possible prostitution activity at a Salem hotel.  Upon arriving at the hotel, the detectives conducted an undercover operation, during which they identified two women engaging in prostitution from adjacent hotel rooms.  While interviewing the suspects, the detectives observed the defendant, De La Cruz Hernandez, driving erratically in the parking lot before he attempted to flee.  They stopped the defendant’s vehicle, and during a subsequent interview, the defendant admitted that he had driven the two women from New York to New Hampshire for the purpose of engaging in prostitution.

            De La Cruz Hernandez faces a sentence of up to ten years in prison, and a maximum fine of $250,000.  He is scheduled for sentencing on December 19, 2016.

            The case was investigated by the Salem, New Hampshire Police Department, in conjunction with Homeland Security Investigations in Manchester.

            The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Nick Abramson and Georgiana Konesky.

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Human Trafficking
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Updated September 2, 2016