Prosecutors say federal agents raided four brothels in New York and arrested 13 people in an alleged sex trafficking and prostitution ring dating back to 2008.
They run clandestine brothels in vinyl-sided homes in the Hudson Valley and makeshift bordellos on New Jersey farms, coercing girlfriends and even wives into prostitution.
And they’re all from the same town in Mexico.
The sex trafficking route from Tenancingo in Mexico’s Tlaxcala state once led straight to Jackson Heights, Queens — but now stretches far beyond the city’s boundaries, an extensive Daily News investigation shows.
The recent indictment of brothers Isaias and Bonifacio Flores-Mendez — the latest alleged pimps who hail from the town dubbed the “world capital of sex trafficking” by U.S. government officials — shows just how far the vicious Queens-based crews have expanded.
Sex-trafficking operations expand outside of Queens into New York City suburbsIn Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on May 19, 2013 at 11:24 am