- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

HOUSTON (AP) - A Mexican man accused in 2005 of operating a sex trafficking ring in Texas has pleaded guilty to forcing immigrant girls and women into prostitution.

Gerardo Salazar of Mexico City pleaded guilty Tuesday in Houston to four counts of harboring illegal immigrants for the purpose of prostitution.

Salazar had faced charges of conspiracy, sex trafficking, transportation of minors for immoral purposes and illegal smuggling and harboring of immigrants for prostitution.

Prosecutors say the 51-year-old Salazar led a sex ring linked to Houston-area bars, using females from Mexico who were deceived and threatened into becoming prostitutes.

Salazar, dubbed “the Rooster,” was indicted in 2005 in Texas, arrested in 2010 in Mexico and extradited last year. He faces up to 40 years in a U.S. prison during sentencing in early 2016.

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