BALTIMORE, Md. - A federal jury has convicted the "so-called" ringleader of a brothel operation in Easton and Annapolis of sex trafficking by force and other related charges.
35-year-old German de Jesus Ventura is charged with conspiring to transport and entice females to travel the interstate for prostitution, along with other related charges. Also convicted was 25 year-old Kevin Garcia Fuertes. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, both Ventura and Fuertes are in the United States illegally and operated brothels in Annapolis and Easton between March 2008 and November 2010.
Authorities say Ventura employed Fuertes to advertise and manage the brothels, and the two men shared the cash proceeds of the prostitution business. The two reportedly recruited and employed prostitutes, many of whom in the U.S. illegally. According to police, Ventura arranged for vans and other vehicles to transport females within Maryland and across state lines to engage in prostitution.
Ventura and Fuentes face a maximum sentence of five years in prison for the conspiracy count and a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison to a maximum of life in prison for the sex trafficking count. In addition, Ventura faces a maximum of life in prison for possessing a gun in furtherance of sex trafficking and 10 years in prison for the transporting individuals to engage in prostitution and enticement counts.
They are scheduled to appear back in court for sentencing on July 24th.