- Associated Press - Thursday, May 29, 2014

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Five New Jersey men have pleaded guilty for their roles in a human trafficking and prostitution ring.

Acting Attorney General John Hoffman announced Thursday that Jose Romero-Flores of Lakewood and four male associates admitted to running brothels in the state.

Officials say the operation was part of a larger network in New York and surrounding states that brought women into the U.S. illegally from Mexico and other Latin American counties to work as prostitutes.

Hoffman says many of the women were tricked into thinking they were coming to work as house cleaners or baby sitters and were forced to service as many as 40 clients a day.

The state will recommend up to five years prison time. All are Mexican nationals living in the United States illegally.

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