Skip to comments.Documents say Texas brothel used immigrants [TX & OK sex slavers]
Posted on 08/02/2006 2:33:58 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch
AUSTIN (AP) - Brothels in the Austin area and Oklahoma City that used immigrant women and catered mostly to undocumented workers were part of a multistate prostitution ring federal agents have partially broken up, court documents say.
Women from Mexico and Central and South American countries worked in the prostitution houses and in some cases reported being held against their will, documents show.
The brothel near Austin was the second in that area run by the same man, officials allege. Juan Balderas-Orosco, 34, escaped capture when authorities raided the first one four years ago, but he was arrested June 29 after a yearlong surveillance operation and charged with transporting women to engage in prostitution.
Four others face similar charges.
Balderas has been ordered held without bail pending a hearing. His court-appointed lawyer declined to comment, saying he was not yet familiar with the case.
A spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said she did not know details of the case.
In 2002, immigration agents and Austin police raided a house, which they later said was a brothel run by Balderas. They arrested two Mexican men and two women -- one from Colombia and the other from the Dominican Republic.
The women told agents they were moved among locations in several states and forced to perform sex acts for money, court documents said.
"The organization recruits females ... and arranges for them to be smuggled into the United States. The aliens are held in indentured servitude and forced into prostitution," an arrest affidavit said.
The men accused of working for Balderas pleaded guilty in federal court to transporting and harboring illegal aliens, served 15 months in prison and were deported.
About a year after the first house was raided, Balderas opened another brothel about a mile away, just outside the city limits, court documents said.
A federal affidavit said that in June 2005 agents placed a covert pole camera to allow continued surveillance of the house. A year later agents raided the house. On the same day, June 29, a brothel in Dallas was raided, and Balderas was arrested after leaving an Oklahoma City brothel, the affidavit said.
Two other men, Francisco Castillo-Celaya and David Mendoza, were also arrested and charged in Oklahoma City. Two others, including Balderas' wife, have been charged but not arrested, court documents said. ___
Information from Austin American Statesman
Aaah, Dame Edna, then. I only know the stories from some of my former high school classmate guys. Guess we both dated ourselves there.
Yeh, but in those days, Miss Mona knew him as Melvin P. Thorpe, and, of course, played by Dom Delouise in the movie. I am back on the east coast now, but I'm hopin Marvin is still doin well on Ch. 13, with Dave, Shara, and the gang.
Well, I don't watch Ch. 13 in the evenings, only in the early AM, so I don't see those same people.
Marvin is still going strong. I know that because Don Nelson on the 6AM News did a little special segment on him the other day, pertaining to his wigs. It might have been another birthday, but I'm not sure. I think it would be about number 84 or 85.
Marvin's wife died a few years ago - they had been married over 50 years, I believe. The funeral procession passed by my house to and from his church is why I recall it so well, lol. He has since remarried fairly recently.
He has had 5 face-lifts and multi-numbers of other plastic surgeries, 10 or 15, I think, which he talks about all the time. Has hundreds of wigs and hairpieces, wears dark glasses all the time now, for some eye condition, but I don't know what it is. He has had a lifetime contract with Ch. 13 since some time in the 80s.
Shara is gone from Ch. 13. She had colon cancer several years ago, but beat it. Then 2-3 years ago, she stopped being an anchor, but still did some special reports and I saw some PSA's she did, which still run. They said something last month about her leaving the station for good at that time, but I don't know the reason. She was the longest-time female anchor in the Houston market when she left.
Dave is still around, but I don't know much about him (he's not one of my favorite people).
Aren't you thinking of Nuevo Laredo, hmmm?
No fruits to pick there.
Or Piedras Negras???
The second house started up a year after the first raid.
(I imagine there are a lot of nervous former clients over the pole camera videos.)
The second house was located outside of the Austin City Limits.
All the arrests were made in OK City.
Or the Boys Town that isn't in Nebraska and which has never been seen by Father Flanagan. Es en La Zona Rosa.
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