Two men pleaded guilty on Friday to running a prostitution business that catered to the Hispanic population in Northern Virginia over the past three years.
According to court documents, Luis Bonilla-Hernandez, 32, of Sterling, and Eliazar Duran Mota, 23, of Herndon, ran the prostitution business out of their homes. Each week, the defendants would obtain a woman to work in prostitution for a week at a time. The women, known as “Treinteras,” would travel by bus to Union Station in Washington, DC, from states including Pennsylvania and New York. The defendants picked up the women from Union Station and transported them to customer throughout Northern Virginia. The defendants would advertise the women with business cards purporting to be tied to an automobile shop, and they would tell Hispanic patrons via word of mouth that the cards related to prostitution.
The women performed over a dozen commercial sex transactions each day, charging between $30 and $40 each time. After the prostitution dates, the women were required to turn all of their money over to the defendants, with a portion of the proceeds returned to the women at the end of the week. After a woman worked for a week, the defendants would switch out their “inventory” by obtaining a new woman from Union Station.
When law enforcement executed a search warrant on Bonilla Hernandez’s house, they recovered evidence of prostitution and more than $14,000 in cash.
In court Friday, both defendants pleaded guilty to one count of interstate travel or transportation in aid of a racketeering enterprise in connection with the prostitution of five adult victims. They each face a maximum of five years in prison when sentenced on April 12
Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office investigates brought the case to the FBI’s Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force, which is composed of FBI agents, along with detectives from the Fairfax County Police, Arlington County Police, Prince William County Police, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, Leesburg Police, Alexandria City Police, Washington Metropolitan Police, Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office, George Mason University Police, United States Marshal’s Service, and agents of various Office of Inspector Generals.