- Three brothers smuggled the women from Tenancingo,Mexico, infamously called ‘the town sex trafficking built’
- They were forced to have sex with dozens of men each day and beaten when they weren’t earning money
- One used to hope the beatings would end her life so she no longer had to suffer, another was forced to tattoo her pimp’s name on her stomach
By Ryan Gorman on February 8, 2014—
“Victims of a sex trafficking trio of brothers from Mexico have finally spoken out about the horrors they faced while held captive.
A woman named Carmen, who was forced into sex slavery at just 14-years-old, and another unnamed woman were taken from a Mexican town fast becoming infamous for being the source of unwilling prostitutes.
The two women told the New York Daily News their life in New York was ‘hell,’ and that they were forced to have sex with dozens of men each day.
Partners in crime: Benito Lopez-Perez and Anastasio Romero-Perez were both sentenced to 18 years in prison for their enslavement and torture of many women
‘I can only describe my life in New York as five years in hell,’ said Carmen.
The three brothers who captured her and dozens of others have been sentenced to jail for pimping out and abusing the women, Carmen was pimped out by 35-year-old Benito Lopez-Perez.
‘From the day I arrived in New York until the day I escaped, Benito forced me to work seven days a week,’ she said. ‘I was just merchandise for him. His associates, his clients treated me as an animal.’
Also guilty: Jose Barrientos-Perez was sentenced to 10 years for his role in the scheme
Carmen was ferried around the tri-state area and forced to have sex with men in their homes and with seasonal workers in rural areas of Connecticut, New Jersey and New York, she testified in court, according to the paper.
The depraved pimp forced her to have sex with as many as 60 men in one day.
‘At the end of the day I was bleeding and in great pain caused by these men,’ she recalled, adding that he would savagely beat her if she wasn’t out earning money.
Carmen hoped her tormentor would beat her to death.
I was upset because he hadn’t killed me and that I had to live another day of torture,’ she said.
The other victim was forced by Anastasio Romero-Perez, 50, to tattoo his name on her stomach, she told the paper. She was his property.
Another brother, Jose Gabino Barrientos-Perez, 50, was in on the scheme, but only found guilty of stashing hookers in various apartments in the city’s five boroughs.
Carmen finally escaped in 2010 but was locked in suicide ward at a city hospital to keep her from killing herself, she said it’s the only time she had felt safe in years.
‘Although I have been free for three years, there is a part of me that is still trapped,’ Carmen testified in court.
“Your honor, I believe it is very important for you to know that no woman decides on her own to be a prostitute and live the life I lived, I am a victim of human trafficking. I and the others are not merchandise.’
Poverty-stricken: Tenancingo is relatively free of the drug gang violence that has ravaged a large part of Mexico, but sex traffickers routinely kidnap young women
Seedy: Young girls from the poor town are easily wooed by men before being taken to seedy hotels like this and raped before being shipped off the New York
The three brothers come from the south-central Mexican town of Tenancingo. It was once referred to by the BBC as ‘the town sex trafficking built.’
A Mexican charity cited by the BBC estimated that 1,000 of the 10,000 people living in the city are sex traffickers, and various other reports have discovered a ‘pipeline’ of indigenous Mexican women smuggled into New York from Tenancingo.
It is that background that led the brothers’ lawyer to claim in court that Lopez-Perez ‘is not a monster,’ but victim of circumstance.
‘Perhaps because we never had the opportunity to be anything better in life,’ Romero-Perez claimed during his trial.
He and Lopez-Perez were locked up for 18 years, their elder brother received 10 years.
The trio will be deported at the end of their sentences.”
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