The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has acquired one of their former ten most wanted human trafficking fugitives.
Arrested in September 2016, Raul Granados-Rendon, 30, was extradited from Mexico to the United States on Jan. 27 to face criminal charges for sex trafficking.
He was present in a Brooklyn courthouse to face a 21-count indictment charge involving racketeering and predicate acts of sex trafficking by force, fraud, and coercion.
Granados-Rendon also faces charges of sex trafficking of minors, interstate prostitution, alien smuggling, and related offenses. He was reportedly the last fugitive of a 13-member sex-trafficking ring to be arrested. Twenty victims have been rescued.
ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations, which arrested Granados-Rendon in a joint investigation with Mexican Federal Police, released the following statement:
“We at HSI can think of no better way to end Human Trafficking Awareness month, than with the extradition of Raul Granados-Rendon who has been on our most wanted list for numerous crimes including sex trafficking,” said special agent in charge Melendez of HSI New York. “This individual is just one of many who helped run a sex trafficking organization that was responsible for smuggling numerous women into the United States where they were forced to work as prostitutes against their will. We will not rest until all of these individuals face the justice they deserve.”
Robert L. Capers, a United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, also released a statement regarding the capture of Granados-Rendon:
“This extradition, the latest chapter in our multi-year case against the Granados sex trafficking organization, again demonstrates our resolve to seek justice for victims of modern day slavery. We will not rest until those who seek to profit from the forced slavery of others are brought to justice.”
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