Men Convicted For Harboring Immigrants and Prostitution Ring


POSTED: Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 3:13pm

UPDATED: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 8:26am

MCALLEN- Three upper valley men were convicted of harboring illegal immigrants and putting them up for prostitution.

Juan Antonio Garcia-Garay, 31, Juan Ignacio Chavarria-Ontiveros, 26, and Antonio Martinez Jr., 38, are accused of keeping three undocumented teenage females at two apartments and a house in Rio Grande City and using them for prostitution.

Law enforcement discovered their operation after a traffic stop back in March. Officials with the Department of Justice say the juveniles testified that they had been prostitutes in Mexico and Garcia-Garay had asked them to come and work in the United States.

A fourth defendant, Jorge Martinez-Mendoza previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to harbor charges. All four men are awaiting sentencing.

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