- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

MIAMI (AP) - A man has pleaded guilty for his role in a brutal sex trafficking ring where he coerced young victims into prostitution to pay off smuggling debts.

Miami U.S. Attorney officials said Thursday that Rafael Alberto Cadena-Sosa pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and one count of holding a person in involuntary servitude.

Authorities say the 45-year-old Mexican national kept a young, undocumented Mexican girl in involuntary servitude from 1996 to 1997. He allegedly beat, raped and threatened to harm her family to force her into prostitution to pay off a smuggling debt.

According to court records, Cadena and other members of the organization recruited young women and girls in Veracruz, Mexico, and lured them to the United States on false promises of legitimate jobs. Once in the U.S., the defendants imposed heavy smuggling debts, and forced them into prostitution for twelve hours a day.

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