Nashville woman sentenced in sex trafficking ring

A Nashville woman was sentenced in this week to nearly 16 years in federal prison for sex trafficking, including some minors.

Cristina Andres Perfecto pleaded guilty in 2007 to sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion and sex trafficking of a juvenile in west Tennessee, as well as one count of conspiracy in Middle Tennessee. Perfecto’s co-defendant, Juan Mendez, is currently serving a 50-year prison term for his role in the scheme, where they brought girls from rural Mexico to Tennessee believing they were working waitressing jobs.

Instead, they were beaten, sexually abused and forced to have sex with multiple men per day, investigators said. The ring operated in Nashville and Memphis, and nine other defendants have also pleaded guilty to child sex trafficking, conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens, conspiracy to commit money laundering and enticing an individual to travel interstate to commit prostitution.

“This defendant lured vulnerable victims to the United States under false pretenses and coerced them into sexual slavery, depriving them of their freedom, their dignity and their civil rights,” said Thomas E. Perez, assistant attorney general for the civil rights division. “We will continue to aggressively prosecute individuals who engage in coercive sexual exploitation.”


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