Luis Rodriguez, also known as H-Town Hunter, was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to sex trafficking women from Colombia and the United States.
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According to official sources, a Texas bounty hunter who is accused of leading an international sex trafficking conspiracy is being jailed.
Luis Rodriguez, known as the H-Town Hunter, was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Monday. He pleaded guilty last year to sex trafficking, conspiracy to commit visa fraud and international money laundering, according to a press release from the Justice Department.
According to federal prosecutors, Rodriguez and his criminal network “targeted, recruited and exploited young women in Colombia and the US” by making “false promises” that he could help them find a better life.
He directed women to watch YouTube videos of his job as a bounty hunter to portray themselves as someone to be trusted by law enforcement affiliation, officials say.
When the women arrived in Houston, he directed them to work in a strip club. Rodriguez and others forced the women into bondage contracts between $ 13,000 and $ 25,000.
“During the conspiracy, Rodriguez threatened the victims and their families in Colombia, constantly monitored them, tracked their cell phones and eventually forced them to engage in commercial sex acts,” the US Attorney’s Office for the southern district of Texas said in the press release.
Rodriguez is accused of using violent methods when women wanted to leave or did not cooperate and told them there was no point seeking help because of his links with law enforcement, officials say.
He also committed visa scams to bring the women to the US and created false backgrounds and occupations to increase the chances of them being approved, officials say.
Chacour Koop is a real-time reporter based out of Kansas City. He previously reported for the Associated Press, Galveston County Daily News and the Daily Herald in Chicago.