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Latin America
Women & Children at Risk
 
Title:  2 Men Convicted at Prostitution Trial
  [San Diego Child Rape Camps Crisis]
 
Publisher:  (c) 2005 San Diego Union Tribune
Publish Date:  2005-05-14

Two Vista men were convicted in San Diego federal court yesterday of harboring illegal immigrants who worked as prostitutes among North County migrant workers.

The convictions are the only ones to come out of the December 2001 bust of an informal brothel operating in reeds on the banks of the San Luis Rey River in Oceanside, authorities said.

Guillermo Romero Flores, 45, and Guadalupe Ventura, 28, face a maximum of 10 years in prison at a sentencing hearing scheduled for Aug. 22.

Ventura also was convicted of smuggling this wife, one of the prostitutes, for financial gain and for her to work for prostitution. As a result, he faces a minimum three-year prison term.

Ventura's wife and a woman who said she considered Romero her common-law husband testified at the two-week trial that the men came up with the idea the women prostitute themselves and took a cut of the proceeds.

The women were not charged with crimes. As a result of their testimony, they may be able to get permission to remain in the United States legally.

Defense lawyers portrayed the men as bystanders who, although aware of the prostitution, didn't take an active role in it.