Thursday, July 28, 2011

Salvadorian MS-13 Leader Convicted In Virginia For Child Prostitution And Human Trafficking

José Ciro Juarez-Santamaria

Photo: Washington Examiner

MS-13 gang leader facing from 15 years to life in a federal prison.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 28, 2011

Alexandria, VA - On Thursday, José Ciro Juarez-Santamaria, 24, a Salvadorian national and an MS-13 gang leader was convicted for sex trafficking of a 12-year-old minor for prostitution. Juarez-Santamaria forced the female minor runaway into prostitution the day after he met her. She performed $40 sex acts for fifteen minutes and higher depending requests from clients in Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Maryland from October to December 2009, according to a May 20, federal indictment.
He was convicted on federal charges for conspiracy, sex trafficking, and transportation of a minor for prostitution. He faces from 15 years to life in prison when he is sentenced on October 28, 2011.
Both the U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) investigated the case and brought charges against Juarez-Santamaria. 
An ICE press release stated, that court records and evidence indicated Juarez-Santamaria joined MS-13 while in El Salvador. He was a leader of the Pinos Locos clique of MS-13 and known by the gang as "Sniper." At a Halloween party in Oxon Hill, Md. on October 31, 2009, Juarez-Santamaria met a 12-year-old runaway who asked for his help in finding a place to stay. Instead, the very next day, Juarez-Santamaria began providing the minor with alcohol and marijuana and then prostituting the victim throughout the metro-D.C. area.

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