ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) - A 29-year-old man plead guilty to sex trafficking a teen girl runaway, in a multi-state scheme that prostituted hundreds of women and girls, Neil MacBride the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia said on Wednesday.
Julio Cesar Revolorio Ramos, a native of Guatemala who was in the U.S. illegally, admitted in court that he prostituted Hispanic women and girls in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and DC. Most of the victims were illegal immigrants, U.S. Attorney MacBride said in a press release.
Ramos, of Adelphi, Md., said he handed out business cards for handy man services at day laborer sites, Hispanic restaurants, and check cashing stores in Virginia that contained a phone number where customers could call to obtain sexual services from a prostitute, the release stated.
"Ramos admitted that he recruited a 15-year-old girl [in 2009] and marketed her youth to customers who sought out young girls for sex," MacBride said. On the first day Ramos scheduled the girl to have relations with 17 customers and on the third day she had 25 customers.
According to the release, Ramos gave a portion of the prostitution proceeds as "rent" to MS-13 gang members who had threatened him with violence. He also sent money to co-conspirators in Mexico.
"It is clear that Ramos coldly exploited this victim who was already at risk by being a runaway and that he committed the heinous crime of sex trafficking of a minor," said John P. Torres, Special Agent in Charge for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in D.C., "HSI is committed to protecting victims and to combatting the crime of human trafficking."
Ramos plead guilty to sex trafficking a child and faces a maximum penalty of life in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 8.