MEXICO CITY (AP) - A Mexican man has been detained for allegedly
plotting to sell a young woman, two girls and two boys for $2,000
apiece in the United States, police said Sunday.
Police in the northern state of Sonora said the 19-year-old
woman and girls aged 12 and 15 were kidnapped by the suspect and
another man. The woman and the girls were freed after being held
since June 22 at a house in the town of Cananea, near the Arizona
border, police said.
The suspect confessed that he planned sell them to a contact in
the United States to work as prostitutes, the a police statement
said. He also allegedly wanted to sell his two stepsons, ages 1 and
4, it added.
The man has not been formally charged. He is being held on
suspicion of human trafficking, a charge that carries a maximum
punishment of 23 years in prison.
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