NEW ORLEANS -- Police arrested two undocumented immigrants who were allegedly running a brothel in New Orleans.
According to Louisiana State Police, Roxana Flores-Rodriguez and Jose Jaimes-Meza were arrested as the result of a year-long investigation into a New Orleans brothel that they allegedly ran on N. Claiborne Avenue.
The investigation began in August, 2015. According to LSP, detectives recieved information from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office related to narcotics distribution coming from 2523 N. Claiborne Avenue. As the investigation continued, detectives and Homeland Security Investigations Agents found that Rodriguez and Meza were operating a brothel and unlicensed bar at that address.
A search of the building took place in August 2015 where police located one sex worker and found evidence showing the brothel had been operating since May 2015, according to LSP.
Detectives believe that at least 10 more sex workers were rotated in and out of the brothel since that time.
A year later, on Sept. 3, 2016, arrest warrants were issued for Rodriguez and Mezza in Orleans Parish. Those warrants were executed on Sept. 6, resulting in both suspect's arrests.
Rodriguez, from El-Salvador, and Meza, from Mexico, are both charged with Promoting Prostitution, Pandering, Money Laundering and Operation of Places of Prostitution. They were booked into the Orleans Parish jai
"The disruption of human trafficking and the apprehension of responsible offenders will remain a priority for Louisiana State Police", said Colonel Mike Edmonson, Louisiana State Police Superintendent. “Every rescued victim is not just a statistic, but a family reunited, a life saved, and a community made safer."
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