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NJ men sentenced in human trafficking case

8-15-14

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Five New Jersey men who pleaded guilty to running a human trafficking and prostitution ring in May are receiving prison time.

Acting Attorney General John Hoffman says that Jose Cruz Romeo-Flores of Lakewood and four associates operated brothels in the state.

Romeo-Flores, Felix Rios-Martinez and Raul Romero-Castillo were sentenced to five years in prison, while Santos Lazaero Flores-Cruz and Haliro Bueno received three years in prison.

Authorities say Romeo-Flores and other brothel owners in New Jersey and the surrounding states were part of a network to bring women to the U.S. illegally from Mexico and Latin American countries to work as prostitutes.

Hoffman says some women had to service up to 40 clients a day and were ferried to different brothels.