4 people detained in Mexico-US prostitution ring

Feb 15, 2012, 7:55 PM

MEXICO CITY (AP) – Mexican federal prosecutors say they have detained four people who for almost a decade lured unsuspecting young Mexican women to the United States to force them into prostitution.

Prosecutor Jose Cuitlahuac Salinas says male members of the gang in the central state of Tlaxcala would court girls between the ages of 15 and 18 and once they fell in love would take them to New York state and exploit them.

He says four more suspects are being sought and five women were rescued in New York.

Salinas said Wednesday the four people detained are from the same family in the town of Tenancingo.

Authorities say the town of just over 10,000 people has many families involved in forced prostitution. Some have been doing it for three generations.

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