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Texas teens allegedly lured to Orange County for prostitution

August 15, 2011 |  2:39 pm

A Santa Ana man who allegedly lured three Texas teenagers to Orange County to have them become prostitutes faces sex trafficking charges today in federal court.

Samuel Martinez Gonzalez, 26, was arrested Friday with one of the girls, a 15-year-old. The other two girls, ages 15 and 16, were later found at a motel in the city of Orange, where they had been staying with Martinez and two women, investigators said.

The girls told investigators that Martinez had invited them to California "to go to the beach," then purchased "hoochie" dresses and high heels so they could "go to work" for him, according to an affidavit filed in the case. All three Texas girls are in protective custody, and a fourth girl, who authorities believe was forced to work as a prostitute, is being cared for by family.

The girls had been missing since Aug. 6, according to the affidavit. The mother of one of the girls provided a cellphone number her daughter had used to call home, which authorities used to track Martinez down, they said.

If convicted, Martinez faces a possible sentence of 10 years to life in federal prison. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations department is conducting the probe, with help from the Orange County Sheriff's Department and police in Orange and in Irving, Texas. 

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