Jury finds 3 men guilty in Suffolk sex-slave case

CENTRAL ISLIP - A jury has found three men accused of running a sex-slave operation in Suffolk County guilty on all charges.

After five days of deliberations, Antonio Rivera, John Whaley and Jason Villeman were convicted on multiple counts of sex trafficking, forced labor and immigration charges.

The men were first arrested in 2009 and charged with forcing undocumented women to have sex with patrons at Rivera's two bars in Farmingville and Lake Ronkonkoma. Special Agent Anthony Scandiffio, of the Department of Homeland Security, says that if the women refused, they were threatened with beatings and deportation.

The United States Attorney's Office says the men all face up to life in prison for trafficking and conspiracy charges and up to 20 years for transporting and harboring an illegal alien for financial gain.

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