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Illegal alien sentenced to 46 months for transporting more than 100 women interstate for prostitution

WASHINGTON — A Greenbelt, Md., man was sentenced Friday to 46 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiring to transport more than 100 women to engage in commercial sex acts in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, following an investigation led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Washington.

Angel Campos Tellez, 27, an illegal alien from Mexico, pleaded guilty on March 27 to conspiracy to transport women to engage in prostitution. From 2009 to July 2012, Campos Tellez was a leader of a network that transported women to engage in commercial sex acts in Manassas, Woodbridge, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Newport News, Baltimore and Delaware.

Campos Tellez was responsible for collecting prostitution proceeds, advertising the prostitution scheme and obtaining lodging for the victims he prostituted. Campos Tellez instructed the women he prostituted to charge $30 for 15 minutes of vaginal sex, and he personally received at least $15,000 in proceeds from commercial sex acts.

"Protecting our communities from those who engage in human trafficking is a top priority for ICE Homeland Security Investigations," said John P. Torres, special agent in charge of HSI Washington. "HSI special agents will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to identify victims of human trafficking and to pursue the criminals who prey on them."

This case was investigated by the Transnational Gang Unit of HSI, a member of the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force. Virginia Assistant Attorney General, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Marc J. Birnbaum and Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Frank are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.

Founded in 2004, the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force is a collaboration of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies – along with nongovernmental organizations – dedicated to combating human trafficking and related crimes.