MEXICO CITY – U.S. officials say they have joined with Mexican authorities to arrest one of the leaders of a forced-prostitution ring that operated in the New York City area.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Thursday that Paulino Ramirez-Granados had been arrested in the small town of Tenancingo in central Mexico.
ICE said that Mexican federal police participated in the arrest, but federal police were not immediately able to confirm the case or discuss it.
Ramirez-Granados was allegedly part of a family group that tricked, threatened, beat and abused at least 25 women from Mexico to force them to work as prostitutes.
He had been listed as one of ICE's ten most-wanted human trafficking fugitives. He faces U.S. charges of sex trafficking, alien smuggling, money laundering and conspiracy to import aliens.