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Posted at 04:47 PM ET, 11/23/2011

Virginia MS-13 member accused of sex-trafficking teen girls

For the fifth time in recent months, federal prosecutors in Alexandria have accused an MS-13 gang member of trafficking teenage girls for prostitution.

Rances Ulices Amaya, 23, who is also known as “Blue” or “Murder,” 23, of Springfield, Va., was indicted Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia as part of a larger investigation by a Northern Virginia task force.

In October, a federal judge sentenced another gang member to life in prison for prostituting a 12-year-old girl who was a runaway and had turned to him for help. The move into prostitution is an expansion of the gang’s criminal enterprises, authorities have said.

Amaya, of Springfield, is accused of conspiracy and three counts of sex trafficking of a minor, according to a statement from Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. If convicted, he faces a mandatory sentence of at least 10 years and up to life in prison for each sex trafficking count, and as much as five years in prison for conspiracy.

According to court documents, Amaya is a leader of the Guanacos Lokotes Salvatrucha (GLS) clique of MS-13.

In June 2009 and throughout the fall of that year, Amaya is accused of conspiring with others to recruit young girls to work as a prostitutes and transport them throughout Northern Virginia for appointments that Amaya had arranged. He is accused of providing the juveniles with alcohol and narcotics and of staying during the appointments to ensure clients did not violate ground rules he had set.

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Categories:  Mary Pat Flaherty, Gangs

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