Tuesday, March 11, 2008

35 Year Old Convicted of Coercing 14 Year Old Illegal into Prostitution

The argument over the situation in the U.S involving illegal aliens continues to be a hot one. Some advocates for allowing free and open access continue to point to illegals coming here to "end their poverty and suffering." What happens, though, when someone can't come forward for protection by the law because of their legal status?

A Hyattsville, Md, man, 35 year old Javier Miguel Ramirez, has pleaded guilty to the sexual trafficking of a minor. In this instance, the minor involved was a 14 year old Mexican national who was not legally in the country.

According to his plea agreement, from August 2005 through June 2006, a Mexican national girl worked for Ramirez as a prostitute. Ramirez knew that the girl was only 14 years old when she began working for him. Ramirez instructed her to lie and tell clients that she was 20 years old. Upon receiving requests for sex from clients by phone, Ramirez caused the girl to be transported to residences in Maryland and Virginia to engage in sex. He instructed the girl to charge clients $25 or $30 per 15 minutes of sex. She was instructed to meet with 25 clients or more per day, and provided most of the money that she made to Ramirez.

According to testimony, the minor girl was dependent upon Ramirez for housing, clothing, and food, often being housed at his residence, where he also initiated a sexual relationship with her. When she would refuse, or indicate that she no longer wished to work as a prostitute and wished to be returned to Mexico, she was physically abused and told that if she did return to Mexico, "it would be in a box."

"Few crimes are more repugnant than sex trafficking a helpless and innocent girl," James A. Dinkins, the special agent in charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Baltimore, said in a statement. Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein called the act a "depraved and morally reprehensible crime."

Ramirez now faces the possibility of a maximum 40 year sentence in prison, followed by 5 years of supervision after release, and a fine of $250,000. His sentencing will be carried out on 23JUN2008 at 2:00 p.m. As of his conviction, he is required to register as a sex offender in any state in which he holds residence, work, or attends school.

I sincerely HOPE that some of you out there advocating illegal immigration come to the defense of this. I would just LOVE to know how you can justify this sort of activity. Especially those of you with daughters around the same age. Go on, look into the eyes of your little girl and find the justification for this sort of thing.

I challenge you to do so.

Once and Always, an American Fighting Man


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