Trial set to begin in Suffolk sex-trafficking case

Opening arguments are expected to begin tomorrow in the trial of three Suffolk County residents accused of running a sex-slave ring.Antonio Rivera, his sister Jasmine

WOODBURY - Opening arguments are expected to begin tomorrow in the trial of three Suffolk County residents accused of running a sex-slave ring.

Antonio Rivera, his sister Jasmine and John Whaley are accused of sex trafficking. As News 12 Long Island has reported, federal law enforcement officials raided two bars owned by the Riveras in Lake Ronkonkoma and Farmingville in 2009.

Prosecutors say the trio lured immigrants from Central America to work at the bars, and then forced them to have sex with patrons.

If convicted, the three suspects could face life in prison.

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