A Maryland man pleaded guilty last week to charges that he helped organize a commercial prostitution scheme throughout Virginia, including Manassas and Woodbridge.
Angel Campos Tellez, 27, pleaded guilty last week in U.S. District Court in Alexandria to transporting individuals to engage in prostitution, according to a news release. He also uses the names “Israel Campos Martinez,” “Abel Cruz Bonilla,” and “Abel Campos,” prosecutors said. The conviction means that Campos Tellez, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, also is subject to deportation.
The commercial sex operation, according to prosecutors, consisted of at least 100 women throughout Virginia and nearby states. Between 2009 and July 2012, Tellez Campos admitted to coordinating drivers to transport the prostitutes, court documents say. He also took a leadership role in the criminal enterprise’s operation, instructing prostitutes to charge $30 for 15 minutes of sex, according to a criminal complaint.
Campos Tellez collected at least $15,000 as a result of the enterprise, prosecutors say.
He advertised for the prostitution enterprise by handing out business cards at Spanish restaurants, check cashing stores, construction sites and day laborer sites, according to court documents.
The ring employed drivers and those who would meet prostitutes at the Greyhound bus station in the District, and then transported them to an apartment in Riverdale, Md., court documents say. Aside from Prince William County, the enterprise operated in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Newport News, Baltimore and Delaware.
“Campos Tellez personally transported prostitutes from the Riverdale apartment. . . to engage in commercial sex acts,” the criminal complaint says.
Campos Tellez is scheduled to be sentenced June 21, and the charge of to transporting individuals to engage in prostitution carries a maximum of five years in prison.
The Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force worked with federal law enforcement and prosecutors to investigate the criminal enterprise.