United States of America v. Bonilla-Hernandez
Case Number: 1:19-cr-00026-TSE
Judge: T. S. Ellis, III
Court: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (Arlington County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: Maureen C. Cain
Defendant's Attorney: Alfred Lincoln Robertson, Jr.
Alexandria, VA - Illegal Alien Sentenced for Sexually Exploiting Women in Northern Virginia
An El Salvadoran man who is in the United States illegally was sentenced today to over two years in prison for running an illegal commercial sex business that catered to the Hispanic community in Northern Virginia.
“Bonilla-Hernandez profited from the sexual exploitation of women who found themselves in difficult and vulnerable places,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “The tears, pain, and mental anguish expressed by the victims in this case is heartbreaking. Additionally, this case is yet another example of an individual who is here in the United States illegally and committing serious crimes. Human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of individuals remains a priority of this office and we will continue to investigate and prosecute these serious crimes that inflict mental, emotional, and physical harm on the victims involved.”
According to court documents, over the past three years, Luis Bonilla-Hernandez, 33, and co-conspirator, Eliazar Duran Mota, 23, of Herndon, ran the illegal business out of their homes in Sterling and Herndon. The women who were exploited were Hispanic, spoke little-to-no English, and found themselves struggling financially in the United States. Bonilla-Hernandez and Duran Mota took advantage of the difficult situations the victims had found themselves in and sought to sexually exploit them for financial profit.
Each week, Bonilla-Hernandez and Duran Mota would obtain a woman to work for a week at a time. During interviews with the women they described their bodies being sore and exhausted from the 10 to 20 commercial sex encounters they had per day. They described enduring verbal abuse and threats to their physical safety from the customers. They discussed being required to turn all of their money over to Bonilla-Hernandez and Duran Mota, and continuing to work out of fear that they would not get their portion of the money at the end of the week. After a woman worked for a week, Bonilla-Hernandez and Duran Mota would switch out their “inventory” by obtaining a new woman from Union Station to work throughout Northern Virginia.
When law enforcement executed a search warrant on Bonilla Hernandez’s house, they recovered evidence of the scheme and over $14,000 in cash.
18:1952(a)(3)(2) Interstate and foreign travel or transportation in aid of racketeering enterprises
Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 27 months w/3 year SR Term w/conditions; $100 SA