Southeast Sex-Trafficking Case Exposes Horrors of the Trade
Women told authorities they were often beaten and that Mendez-Hernandez would make them have sex with dozens of men without breaks.
U.S. District Judge B. Avant Edenfield also ordered Menendez-Hernandez to pay $705,000 in restitution to the women.
The 25-year-old woman from Mexico said she worried about young women trapped in other sex-trafficking rings.
“I’m happy (at the sentence for Mendez-Hernandez) but, at the same time, I’m sad because I know that for every 10 women rescued, there are 50 to 100 more women are brought in by the traffickers,” she said. “Unfortunately, they’re not 18- or 20-year-olds anymore. They’re minors as young as 13 who are being trafficked. They’re little girls.”