Victim takes stand in alleged sex-slave case

CENTRAL ISLIP - Dramatic testimony was heard in Central Islip court today from one of the victims of an alleged sex-slave ring in Suffolk County.

Bar owner Antonio Rivera, his sister Jasmine, and manager John Whaley are all on trial after being arrested and charged with sex trafficking in 2009.

One of the alleged victims, Nelci, is an illegal immigrant who testified that Rivera forced her to have sex with patrons at two bars in Lake Ronkonkoma and Farmingville. She says he threatened to call immigration if she didn't comply.

The defense says federal agents promised Nelci legal status in exchange for her testimony during the trial.

If convicted, the suspects could face life in prison.

Opening arguments heard in Suffolk sex-trafficking trial

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