Ring that operated brothels in 5 cities broken up, FBI says
FBI agents have broken up an alleged prostitution ring that operated brothels in five Northern California cities including Sacramento and Stockton, according to an FBI complaint unsealed Wednesday.
The women who worked in the brothels were mainly Spanish-speaking immigrants from Mexico who were rotated between brothels week to week, the Appeal-Democrat reported.
"At the end of the week, members of the suspected human trafficking organization transport the females by car to either another brothel or to a Greyhound bus station," according to the complaint filed in federal court in Sacramento.
The complaint alleges that Roberto Urbina-Gonzalez, Everado Ibarra "Primo" Regaldo and Corina Dominquez conspired to transport and harbor immigrants working in brothels.
FBI surveillance of a Yuba City apartment that is tucked behind businesses showed six men entering the location over a two-hour period.
Authorities began investigating the suspected human trafficking organization in August 2010.
--Nicole Santa Cruz