Man gets life term for Texas prostitution scam

(FILE PHOTO) In this Thursday, December 26, 2013 photo, vehicles line to cross The Paso del Norte Bridge between El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez towards El Paso. Twenty years ago, the North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect, dramatically changing Mexico in fundamental ways but the treaty never met many of its sweeping promises to close Mexico's wage gap with the United States, boost job growth, fight poverty and protect the environment. (AP Photo/Ivan Pierre Aguirre)

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A man who lured girls and women from Mexico into prostitution with false newspaper advertisements for U.S. jobs must serve life in federal prison. Charles Marquez was sentenced Wednesday in El Paso.

Prosecutors say the victims from 2007 through early 2012 were transported to El Paso, put up in motels and forced into prostitution. A jury in November convicted Marquez of sex trafficking of a minor, transporting for prostitution, conspiracy to coerce or entice a minor to engage in sexually explicit activity, coercion or enticement, importation of an undocumented immigrant for immoral purpose and sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion.

Authorities say Marquez conspired with Martha Jimenez Sanchez of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. She pleaded guilty in 2012 to transportation for prostitution but fled before sentencing and remains a fugitive. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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