Friday, October 28, 2011

Juarez-Santamaria, Leader Of MS-13 Gang Sentenced To Life In Federal Prison For Prostituting A Minor

Jose Ciro Juarez-Santamaria

Minor was given alcohol and marijuana to keep her compliant, according to the criminal complaint.

By H. Nelson Goodson
October 28, 2011

Alexandria, Virginia - On Friday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in a news release reported that Jose Ciro Juarez-Santamaria, 24, was sentenced to life in a federal prison for conspiracy, sex trafficking and transportation of a minor for prostitution. Juarez-Santamaria was convicted on July 28, 2011 for prostituting a 12-year-old female to clients throughout northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
Juarez-Santamaria, a Salvadoran national led a group of MS-13 members. He lured a female minor into the gang by offering her a place to stay and then got her to drink alcohol and smoke marijuana.
Federal court records and evidence at trial showed that Juarez-Santamaria joined the MS-13 while in El Salvador. He was a member of the Pinos Locos clique of MS-13 and known by the gang as "Sniper." At a Halloween party in Oxon Hill, Md., on Oct. 31, 2009, Juarez-Santamaria met a 12-year-old runaway who asked for his help in finding a place to stay. Instead, Juarez-Santamaria began prostituting the victim throughout the Washington D.C.-area the very next day.
The victim was prostituted from October to December 2009, providing sex for money every day of the week. Evidence at trial showed that Juarez-Santamaria generally charged $40 for 15 minutes of sex, but he would sometimes charge more depending on what the customer wanted. The prostitution took place at various businesses, homes, apartments and hotels in and around northern Virginia. Juarez-Santamaria also admitted to having sex with the victim and allowed MS-13 gang members to have sex with her free of charge. To keep the victim compliant, Juarez-Santamaria and others would supply her with alcohol and marijuana.

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