Lexington prostitution ring had Oldham County clients

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By Jacquelyn Stoess Hack

Four Lexington residents were indicted March 2 for recruiting and enticing women from other states to come to Kentucky so they could solicit them for prostitution.

A Lexington grand jury returned the indictment charging Marco Antonio Flores-Benitez, 38; Roxana Serna-Olea, 36; Adrian Lezama-Ruiz, 26; and Roberto Salinas-Rivera, 35, with persuading, inducing, and enticing an individual to travel in interstate commerce to engage in prostitution.

According to the indictment, from September 2009 through January 2011, the defendants managed a business that offered prostitution delivery services in Louisville and Lexington and operated a brothel on Cross Keys Drive in Lexington.

As part of the conspiracy, the defendants allegedly recruited Spanish-speaking women from North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Maryland to become prostitutes.

Customers allegedly paid the defendants $30 for 15 minutes of sexual activity and the women were expected by the defendants to engage in sexual intercourse with multiple customers per day.

The defendants delivered the prostitutes to customers in Fayette, Woodford, Oldham and Jefferson counties in Kentucky.

The indictment alleges the defendants advertised services in Spanish-speaking publications using code words for prostitution.

It’s also alleged that in October 2011, Salinas-Rivera drove one of the females to Keeneland race track to offer prostitution.

All the defendants were charged with one count of conspiracy to persuade, induce and entice an individual to travel in interstate commerce to engage in prostitution and four counts of persuading, inducing and enticing an individual to travel in interstate commerce to engage in prostitution.

Flores-Benitez is charged with one count of sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion; one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking; and five counts of transporting an individual in interstate commerce for the purpose of engaging in prostitution.

Flores-Benitez and Salinas-Rivera are also charged with illegal re-entry into the United States by a previously deported alien.

Serna-Olea and Lezama-Ruiz are also charged with being an alien who entered the United States at a time and place other than as designated by immigration officers and who eluded examination or inspection by immigration officers.

All four faced immigration offenses in February.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Division of Police conducted the investigation.

A date for the defendants to appear in federal court has not yet been set.

If convicted of sex trafficking, Flores-Benitez faces a prison sentence of not less than 15 years and up to life imprisonment.

If convicted of the offenses with which they are charged, Serna-Olea, Lezama-Ruiz, and Salinas-Rivera face a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.

However, any sentence following conviction would be imposed by the court after consideration of the United States sentencing guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of sentences.

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