The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the arrest of 11 members or close associates of the MS-13 gang members were arrested in northern Virginia and Maryland by law enforcement officials, and charged with the sex trafficking of a minor under the age of 14 and/or Violent Crime in Aid of Racketeering (VICAR) assault.

According to court documents, in Aug. 2018, a 13-year-old identified as MINOR 2 ran away from a youth home in northern Virginia. Shortly after running away, MINOR 2 was introduced to members of MS-13.

Members of the gang beat ‘MINOR 2‘ 26 times with a baseball bat as part of a gang initiation. Gang members then sex trafficked ‘MINOR 2’ in Virginia and Maryland using the currency of cash and drugs.

While in Virginia, men lined up to have sex with her in a wooded area behind one target’s apartment complex. The men gave her drugs in exchange for sex. She also was harbored in various apartments in northern Virginia where men paid her and her handlers cash for sex.

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After Police rounded up these sparks of divinity predators, G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia stated:

“Sex traffickers often prey upon the most vulnerable victims in our society, and when combined with the horrific abuses of a gang like MS-13, the effects can be devastating,”

These defendants are charged with heinous offenses, but are appropriately presumed innocent unless or until proven otherwise.”

Combatting MS-13 is not anti-immigrant—it is distinctly pro-immigrant as the group that suffers the most and is consistently preyed upon by MS-13 are those individuals of Central American birth or ancestry whom the gang specifically targets.”

Below is a list of individuals arrested in this operation:

Name, AgeHometownCharges
Moises Orlando Zelaya-Veliz, 25Woodbridge, VASex trafficking a minor victim under the age of 14 in or effecting interstate commerce (“Sex Trafficking of a Minor”) (18 U.S.C. §§ 1591(a)(1), (b)(1), (c) and 2)
Sioni Alexander Bonilla Gonzalez, 20Woodbridge, VASex Trafficking of a Minor (18 U.S.C. §§ 1591(a)(1), (b)(1), (c) and 2) and Violent Crime in Aid of Racketeering Activity through assault with a dangerous weapon (“VICAR Assault”) (18 U.S.C. §§ 1959(a)(3) and 2)
Carlos Jose Turicios Villatoro, 22Woodbridge, VAVICAR Assault (18 U.S.C. §§ 1959(a)(3) and 2)
Jose Eliezar Molina-Veliz, 20Woodbridge, VASex Trafficking of a Minor (18 U.S.C. §§ 1591(a)(1), (b)(1), (c) and 2)
Santos Ernesto Gutierrez Castro, 21Woodbridge, VASex Trafficking of a Minor (18 U.S.C. §§ 1591(a)(1), (b)(1), (c) and 2)
Luis Alberto Gonzales, 31Greenbelt, MDSex Trafficking of a Minor (18 U.S.C. §§ 1591(a)(1), (b)(1), (c) and 2)
Reina Elizabeth Hernandez, 48Hyattsville, MDSex Trafficking of a Minor (18 U.S.C. §§ 1591(a)(1), (b)(1), (c) and 2)
Nelson Ezequiel Caballero Portillo, 24College Park, MDSex Trafficking of a Minor (18 U.S.C. §§ 1591(a)(1), (b)(1), (c) and 2)
Gilberto Morales, 31Hyattsville, MDSex Trafficking of a Minor (18 U.S.C. §§ 1591(a)(1), (b)(1), (c) and 2)
Jonathan Rafael Zelaya-Veliz, 24Hyattsville, MDSex Trafficking of a Minor (18 U.S.C. §§ 1591(a)(1), (b)(1), (c) and 2)
Orlando Alexis Salmeron Funez, 38Riverdale, MDSex Trafficking of a Minor (18 U.S.C. §§ 1591(a)(1), (b)(1), (c) and 2)

If convicted, each defendant charged with sex trafficking of a minor face a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum penalty of life in prison, and each defendant charged with VICAR assault faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison if convicted of that offense.

Jim Dawson, acting assistant director in charge of the Washington Field Office of the FBI said:

“MS-13 in Northern Virginia is known to be one of the area’s most violent and deadly gangs.

They systemically use violence and initiate and intimate members through terrible acts that none of us should be willing to accept, and they do this while targeting the immigrant community.”

Terwilliger also announced that Attorney General William Barr had allocated $35M in grant funding to provide safe housing and services to victims of human trafficking. Virginia will receive $868,000 of that grant money.

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