DA: Traffickers kept teen sex slaves in Hempstead home
HEMPSTEAD - Federal prosecutors say they have broken up a sex trafficking ring that spanned from Mexico to New York and kept dozens of young girls imprisoned in a life of violence and forced prostitution.
The U.S. District Attorney's Office in Brooklyn says young women were kept in a house on Dartmouth Street in Hempstead and were used as sex slaves.
Officials say that teen girls, often just 14 or 15 years old, were lured from their homes in Mexico with promises of a better life. When they arrived in New York, they were forced to work 12-hour days as sex slaves and were beaten if they didn't make enough money for their alleged keepers.
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Investigators say three brothers are being charged with smuggling the girls to New York and forcing them to work as prostitutes. They are each facing 15 years to life in prison if convicted.
To watch a news conference on the trafficking bust, click on News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.