Enslaved hooker’s dead baby found during bust of sex trafficking ring

Authorities remove container filled with cement and body of infant in sunset park brothel raid.

A bust of a sex trafficking ring in Brooklyn led to a ghastly find – an enslaved hooker’s baby entombed in concrete.

Feds and cops raided a Sunset Park flophouse late Tuesday and arrested the brothel’s ringleaders and found a 10-gallon Rubbermaid container filled with cement.

X-rays revealed the body of a two-month-old boy sealed inside, officials said.

Domingo Salazar, 33, and Norma Mendez, 32, appeared in Brooklyn Federal Court last night on sex trafficking charges and could face additional counts, law enforcement sources said.

The couple, illegal immigrants from Mexico, forced a young woman into prostitution, viciously abused her and barred her from getting medical care for the infant when he fell ill last January, investigators said.

When the baby died, Salazar and Mendez allegedly forced the mom to dispose of the body in the container, which sat in the 40th St. apartment until yesterday.

“It’s horrific,” said Carmen Burgos, 45. who works nearby. “I can’t have kids and I can’t believe they did this to a baby. They couldn’t be in their right minds.”

The duo launched the prostitution ring out of their 40th St. apartment in April 2007, according to a federal affidavit.

Two months earlier, Salazar met the young woman in Mexico, got her pregnant, and smuggled her into the United States – telling her galpal Mendez was his sister, sources said.

She gave birth to Salazar’s son soon after arriving in New York in November 2007, officials said. He still insisted she repay the $2,500 smuggling fee.

“She was working in a candy store but then she was forced to sell sex,” said Special Agent in Charge James Hayes Jr. of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “She was in bad shape.”

The woman was driven to customers across the city, made to service up to 25 clients a night and forced to turn over all her earnings, officials said.

Salazar and Mendez frequently abused the woman, punching her in the stomach, slashing her in the arm, hitting her in the head with a brick and bashing her in the face with a wooden board, officials said.

After investigators received a tip about the brothel, the woman, whose name was not released, was rescued from the 40th St. home and is now recovering.

“The girl was always in a short skirt and covered in bruises,” said a neighbor. “You’d see different men coming in and out.”

Investigators believe Salazar and Mendez also forced other immigrant women into prostitution but they have not been located. The accused pimps face 15 years to life in prison if convicted.

“The trafficking of human beings and sex slavery are unconscionable in this day and age and will not be tolerated,” said Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Benton Campbell.

source: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2009/11/26/2009-11-26_dead_baby_found_in_brothel_bust_horror.html#ixzz0XxTkgnOl

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  1. Hi I am the Brooklyn Crime Examiner at Examiner.com and would like to know where you got the photograph. If it is yours, can I use it in an article I am writing about the Brooklyn couple. I would be glad to give you credit and a link to your blog.
    Thanks, Kinyofu

  2. I got the photogragh off the link at the bottom of the story. You are more than welcome to use the one off my site. Thank you and have a great day.

  3. Oh okay. Thanks. Can you repost the link here. It got cut off in your article.


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