One of the most wanted alleged sex traffickers has been extradited from Mexico to the United States where he will face charges for human trafficking and smuggling.
Mexican national Raul Granados-Rendon, 30, was extradited to the U.S. with the help of Homeland Security Investigations and the Mexican Federal Police, after being on federal authorities’ top 10 most wanted human traffickers.
“This individual is just one of many who helped run a sex trafficking organization that was responsible for smuggling numerous women into the United States where they were forced to work as prostitutes against their will,” Special Agent Melendez with HSI New York said in a news release.
“This extradition, the latest chapter in our multi-year case against the Granados sex trafficking organization, again demonstrates our resolve to seek justice for victims of modern day slavery,” United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Robert Capers said in a statement. “We will not rest until those who seek to profit from the forced slavery of others are brought to justice.”
Granados-Rendon now faces 21 counts of racketeering and racketeering conspiracy involving predicate acts of sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion, sex trafficking of minors, interstate prostitution, and alien smuggling.
The Granados sex trafficking organization, with the alleged involvement of Granados-Rendon, has allegedly smuggled young women into the U.S. and then forced them to work as prostitutes in New York City and other regions.
Members of the Granados organization are accused of procuring young, usually uneducated, women and then coercing them into prostitution in Mexico.
The Granados organization would collect all of the profits earned by the victims’ activities. If work was refused, members of the organization would beat and sexually assault them and threaten their family members back in Mexico, according to prosecutors.
“HSI special agents have identified and rescued over 20 additional victims, all Mexican nationals, and arrested over a dozen additional traffickers or smugglers, all members or associates of the Granados family,” the news release noted.
Some 13 members of the Granados organization have been indicted in on sex trafficking charges in New York, with Granados-Rendon being the latest.
John Binder is a contributor for Breitbart Texas. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.