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NYC: Mexican pimp Hugo Hernandez-Velazquez, brothers ran US sex ring, feds say

A Mexican pimp and his brothers ran a yearslong sex ring that forced women into prostitution across the US and used intimidation and violence to keep them in line, Brooklyn prosecutors said Friday.

Hugo Hernandez-Velazquez, 45, aka “La Gallina” or “The Hen,” was arrested in Mexico in August and extradited to New York earlier this week to face a 12-count indictment charging him and his two brothers with racketeering, sex trafficking, interstate prostitution, alien smuggling and other raps.

His brothers, Arcelia Hernandez-Velazquez, 47, also known as “La Gordis,” or the “The Chunky Woman,” and Ernesto Hernandez-Velazquez, 40, who goes by “Chapas,” were already busted in New York in November 2019 and are awaiting trial.

Arcelia Hernandez-Velazquez allegedly maintained a base for the ring in Queens.

“For nearly two decades, the defendants lured young women into a brutal life of forced prostitution through false promises of a better life,” said Acting US Attorney for the Eastern District Seth DuCharme in a statement. “This Office will leave no stone unturned in its efforts to end the illegal exploitation of young women.”

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