Four suspects, eight victims in Santa Cruz prostitution case

The number of suspects in a Santa Cruz human trafficking case has grown to four and the number of victims is now eight.

The Poder Judicial said Monday that in addition to the women who appear to be the operator of the prostitution ring at the Night Club Garden Girls in Santa Rosa de Santa Cruz, a guard and a bartender also have been detained. Prosecutors were seeking preventative detention Monday.

They also said that a cashier has been detained but he was not expected to be jailed.

The night club was the target of a raid by law enforcement last week. Investigators said they got a tip form a 911 call.

The Poder Judicial said that prosecutors might seek a declaration that the case is one of organized crime. That would give investigators more tools to study the case.

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