Agents say pair tricked and preyed on high school girls

Agents escort Tres Río man on way to interrogation. Photo: Judicial Investigating Organization

A 46-year-old Tres Ríos man and a 22-year-old woman from Moravia have been detained on the allegation that they forced underage women into prostitution.

The pair were detained in separate arrests Friday.

The Judicial Investigating Organization said that they recruited underage girls with the promise of modeling careers. In one case, the pair went to the home of one 16 year old and discussed the job opportunity with parents. Then they took the woman to a purported job interview where she was raped at gunpoint by the man and then told she had to return to the location in Guadalupe to service other men or be murdered, investigators alleged.

A 17-year-old high school student in Coronado was given the same treatment after she met the pair when she left classes, the agency said.

Agents said they have uncovered five additional cases with the same method of operation.

Agents said that the man, identified by the last names of Quesada Cubillo is a cost accountant by trade. He lived in a luxury home in Tres Ríos and that it appeared that the woman’s sole relationship was to recruit victims. She was identified by the last names of Mondragón Granados.

Agents said that they confiscated two luxury vehicles, various portable computers, weapons and other evidence.

The arrests follow by two days a similar arrest of a 61-year-old central Pacific man, who has been detained on allegations that he was luring foreign women to Costa Rica and forcing them into prostitution.

The arrest took place Wednesday night when judicial agents raided and searched a location in Palmar Norte in the province of Puntarenas. Agents said they confiscated evidence including clothing.

The raid also confirmed the existence of 12 foreign women, including Nicaraguans, Panamanians, Colombians and Dominicans.

Agents said that the women were offered at a night club in the same community, but it was unclear if that is where the raid took place.

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