Man arrested for alleged sex trafficking

August 20, 2009 2:49:35 PM PDT
A federal grand jury in Houston has indicted a man for the alleged sex trafficking of a child, said U.S. Attorney Tim Johnson. The indictment charges Naim Jorge-Tovar, 33, with sex trafficking of a child. According to the criminal complaint, Tovar romanced a 16-year-old Mexican female in Mexico and smuggled her into Houston around April of 2009.

Shortly after arriving here, investigators say Tovar told the victim she would have to work in an apartment as a prostitute. The victim was allegedly threatened with physical harm if she refused.

Tovar kept all the money from the sex acts the victim was allegedly coerced into performing. The 16-year-old victim eventually told a relative residing the United States about her situation. The relative, in turn, notified the Houston Police Department, who rescued her on June 8 and arrested Tovar.

A federal court has ordered Tovar to remain in federal custody without bond pending trial. If convicted of this offense, Tovar faces a minimum of 10 years to a maximum punishment of life imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

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