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December 19, 2014 Published in Courts & Crime

Peruvian National Sentenced To Seven Years In Prison For Leading Sex Trafficking Conspiracy

DOJ logoRuth Antuanet Miller, 35, originally from Peru but now a resident of Arlington, Virginia, was sentenced today to 84 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for leading a conspiracy to commit sex trafficking using threats and coercion. Miller also was ordered to pay $341,437 in restitution.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Clark E. Settles, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Washington; and Colonel Edwin C. Roessler Jr., Fairfax County Chief of Police, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton.

Miller pleaded guilty on Nov. 19, 2013. According to court documents, Miller was the leader of a conspiracy that prostituted women in various places in northern Virginia. Miller, along with her co-conspirators, used threats and coercion to induce women to commit commercial sex acts and, once ensnared, coerced these women to continue prostituting. For example, Miller encouraged at least one victim to incur a debt to Miller, and then placed the victim in a form of debt bondage as a means of controlling the victim and coercing her to submit to sex acts with paying customers.

Miller also falsely claimed affiliation with a law enforcement agency and then threatened victims with arrest and abuse of the legal process if victims did not submit to commercial sex acts. She also falsely claimed association with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and threatened arrest and removal if victims did not agree to prostitute. Finally, Miller claimed that she had influence with a criminal gang and implicitly threatened victims with physical harm if the victims did not submit to prostitution. Miller then received a portion of the prostitution proceeds.

This case was investigated by ICE-HSI and the Fairfax County Police Department, with the assistance of the Arlington County Police Department and the City of Falls Church Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael J. Frank and Inayat Delawala prosecuted the case.

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