A Queens man was sentenced to life behind bars Wednesday for running a sex-slavery ring that lured young Mexican women to the Big Apple and New Jersey and forced them into prostitution.
Manhattan federal Judge Katherine Forrest also ordered Isaias Flores-Mendez, 42, to forfeit $1.7 million to the government and pay $84,000 in restitution to the victims of his crime.
Prosecutors say some of the women were driven to rural New Jersey to have sex with up to 25 farm workers a day. Others were confined to dingy New York brothels that advertised their services with business cards passed out on local street corners. The scheme began in 1999.