Man gets 12 years for internal trafficking

A criminal tribunal in Santa Cruz has convicted a man of internal trafficking of women but acquitted his son, who had faced the same allegation.

Convicted was a man with the last names of Pizarro Angulo. The son has the names of Pizarro Nuñez. Both were detained last September in an undercover operation. The principal customers of their organization were foreigners, said the Poder Judicial.

They were tried on allegations that they ran a call girl ring and induced minors to join it.

The court sentenced the father to 12 years.

The allegations were that girls in high school were contacted and offered modeling contracts which later turned out to be for prostitution.

The conviction comes under a law that was revised in 2010 to make internal trafficking of persons for purposes of prostitution a crime.

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