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April 21, 2012

Ga. woman pleads guilty to brothel charge

ATLANTA — A Georgia woman has pleaded guilty to charges of recruiting illegal immigrants from as far away as Massachusetts to work in her Marietta brothel.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 56-year-old Luz Gutierrez pleaded guilty on Friday to enticing individuals to cross state lines to engage in prostitution. She also pleaded guilty to inducing aliens to unlawfully live in the U.S.

Prosecutors say Gutierrez hired prostitutes who lived in Georgia and regularly solicited others living in Alabama, Florida, North Carolina and Massachusetts to travel to Georgia.

She was among eight suspects arrested in December and charged with operating a prostitution ring in metro Atlanta.

Gutierrez faces a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. She’s set to be sentenced on July 10.


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