A U.S. district judge granted several requests by a defendant in a federal sex-trafficking case, including adding a lawyer to his defense team, hiring a private investigator’s services, and obtaining the names of unindicted co-conspirators, court records show.
Lawyers for Charles E. Marquez, charged with seven counts related to sex-trafficking, also filed an estimated budget indicating they will need $129,229 for their services.
Authorities allege that Marquez was involved in a sex-trafficking scheme in which women were lured from Juárez to work for Marquez as prostitutes in El Paso. One or more of the prostitutes allegedly were minors, authorities said.
Officials also allege that the sex-trafficking continued for five years.
Source: El Paso Times