BOSTON (AP) — Four individuals charged under the state’s new anti-human trafficking law have pleaded not guilty.
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced the arrests on Friday, calling them the first under the new law.
Coakley said the four individuals ran a business enterprise that transported women to the Boston area and profited from their sexual services.
Thirty-nine-year-old Rafael Henriquez and his 50-year-old wife Ramona Carpio Hernandez, both of East Boston, were arraigned on one count each of trafficking in persons for sexual servitude.
Twenty-six-year-old Milton Lopez-Martinez and 34-year-old Diego Suarez were also charged with trafficking in persons for sexual servitude.
Coakley said the group brought women into the Boston area and “sold” them to men for sex up to 15 times a day.
All four were held on $75,000 cash bail.
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