By David Amoruso for Gangsters Inc.
Seven MS-13 gangsters were convicted last week of sex trafficking a 13-year-old girl who ran away from a youth home in Northern Virginia in August of 2018 and other child sexual exploitation offenses.
After running away, the teenager was introduced to members of MS-13, who told her they would be her family and protect her if she joined the gang. They then beat the girl 26 times with a baseball bat as part of a gang initiation.
Customers lined up for underage girl
Now a part of the gang, she found anything but family and protection. Instead, gang members sex trafficked her in Virginia and Maryland for cash and drugs.
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In one instance while in Virginia, men lined up to have sex with the victim in a wooded area behind two of the gang members’ apartment complex. She was also kept in various apartments in Northern Virginia where men paid her and her handlers cash for sex.
Raped again and again while her ‘fellow’ gang members collected the cash and drugs, the girl was beaten again with a bat 26 times as a form of gang punishment. Shortly after the second bat beating, she was transported to Maryland, where she was prostituted to numerous gang members and other customers.
Law enforcement recovered photographs and videos of the victim being sexually exploited, along with numerous social media messages regarding the trafficking and sexual exploitation of her.
26-year-old Moises Zeyala-Veliz, 22-year-old Jose Eliezar Molina-Veliz, and 22-year-old Santos Ernesto Gutierrez Castro – all from Woodbridge, Virginia – and 33-year-old Luis Alberto Gonzales, 50-year-old Reina Elizabeth Hernandez, 34-year-old Gilberto Morales, and 26-year-old Jonathan Rafael Zeyala-Veliz – all from Maryland – all face a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years behind bars with a maximum penalty of life in prison.
They are scheduled to be sentenced on November 10.
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