Human trafficking and forced servitude are NOT international issues or ones that are too distant to think or do something about.
Sometimes it is in your own back yard.
I live about 25 minutes from this…
In Lakewood brothels, women forced to serve up to 40 clients a day, authorities said
from Asbury Park Press
Women lured from Mexico and other Latin American countries with promises of jobs as house cleaners or babysitters found a different reality when they reached Lakewood. They instead were placed into high-volume prostitution, sometimes serving as many as 40 clients or “johns’’ in a single day, authorities said.
The kingpin and owner of at least three Lakewood brothels, Jose Cruz “Chato’’ Romero-Flores, 38, along with four male associates and his girlfriend have been arrested in a human trafficking takedown sweep, leaders of state and federal law enforcement agencies said Thursday.
Authorities said they launched Operation No Boundaries over a year ago and found that it was not uncommon for the dozens of women who worked for Romero-Flores to service over 100 johns, at $30 per session, over a six-day week, with Sunday off. See the video above of one of the alleged brothels.
“They endured a miserable life,’’ acting state Attorney General John Hoffman said of the women. “This case bears the classic hallmarks of international sex-related human trafficking in that we have young women brought illegally into the United States. They are fearful and they are vulnerable because of their illegal status, their inability to earn a living legitimately and their lack of a network of supportive family and friends.’’
“The women are at the mercy of the human traffickers who exploit them,’’ he added.
Clients could go to brothels operated by Romero-Flores or his associates, or the women were driven to meetings in different parts of the state, Hoffman said. The operation was part of a network of brothels in New Jersey, New York and other states.
Additional information at nj.gov/oag