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Maryland man pleads guilty to transporting women for sex

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – An illegal alien from Mexico pleaded guilty to transporting individuals to engage in prostitution, which carries a maximum of five years in prison. The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Washington, D.C., which participates in the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force.

Angel Campos Tellez, aka "Israel Campos Martinez," "Abel Cruz Bonilla," and "Abel Campos," 27, of Maryland, admitted to helping lead a commercial sex enterprise that prostituted at least 100 different women throughout Virginia and nearby states.

Campos Tellez was a leader of a commercial sex enterprise that operated between 2009 and July 2012. His organization brought more than 100 women, most of whom were foreign nationals, from New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., to engage in commercial sex in Manassas, Woodbridge, Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Newport News in Virginia, as well as in Baltimore, Md., and in Delaware.

Campos Tellez admitted that he coordinated different drivers to transport the women; collected the prostitution proceeds; advertised for the enterprise by handing out business cards at Spanish restaurants, check cashing stores, construction sites and day laborer sites; and obtained lodging for members of the enterprise.

Campos Tellez is scheduled to be sentenced June 21.

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.