Charges have been dismissed against a woman who had been accused of engaging in organized crime and promoting prostitution as part of a multi-state prostitution ring.
A Fayette County grand jury on Monday chose not to indict Danella Santos-Evangelista, who had been accused of being a prostitute in the operation.
Four others who were charged at the same time as Santos-Evangelista last fall have pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court.
Marco Antonio Flores-Benitez, who according to court documents was "somewhat of a leader" in the ring, pleaded guilty last month to one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion. Roxana Serna-Olea pleaded guilty to one count of inducing or persuading a person to travel in interstate commerce to engage in prostitution.
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Adrian Lezama-Ruiz and Roberto Salinas Rivera previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to induce or persuade someone to travel in interstate commerce to engage in prostitution and aiding and abetting.
Authorities said Spanish-speaking women from a number of states were recruited or forced to come to Kentucky to become prostitutes.
Some were enticed to come to Lexington or another area with the promise of legitimate work, then induced or persuaded to work as prostitutes when they found out there were no jobs, U.S. Attorney Kerry Harvey said last month. One woman was told that her children would be killed if she did not work as a prostitute, Assistant U.S. Attorney David Marye said.