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Paraguay woman arrested for Mexican prostitution ring

Mexico City, Mexico — A woman from Paraguay has been arrested in Mexico City for the crime of human trafficking with the intent of prostitution.

The woman, who is suspected of being a member of an international network of traffickers, is accused of recruiting 180 foreigner women for the purpose of prostitution throughout Mexico through the now-defunct website, Zona Divas.

The Federal Police say the woman was detained for her probable participation in the crime of human trafficking committed against foreign women who were sexually exploited and whose services were offered on the Internet.

The Office of the Attorney General of Mexico City said that through an anonymous report in 2017, they learned of the Internet website. Since then, they have discovered that for the previous six years, the accused allegedly contacted women in different countries, luring them to Mexico City then exploiting them for prostitution.

The aggrieved were housed in a building located in the Ciudad de los Deportes neighborhood of Benito Juárez where the women were rescued last year. With testimony from the victims, the identity of the accused was made.

Federal police say they have arrested 31-year-old Graciela N from Paraguay. She has been sent to the Santa Martha Acatitla Women’s Center for Social Reintegration where she will remain during the investigation.

If found guilty, she could face up to 30 years in a Mexican prison.