UPDATE - Men charged with bringing in woman for prostitution with farm workers

BURLINGTON. - Two men are facing charges for allegedly bringing a woman from New York City to Vermont to engage in prostitution with farm workers.

Jose Lorenzo Cardona-Paguada and Rafael Posadas-Lara appeared Thursday in federal court in Burlington, where they were ordered to remain in custody pending trial on charges of transporting for prostitution. Officials say the two men and the woman, Maribel Huerta-Mendez, are illegal immigrants.

The Burlington Free Press reported that border patrol agents recovered two notebooks with names, addresses and phone numbers of farms in Vermont and New York, along with a ledger of prostitution transactions.

The case is the second in the past year involving charges that Hispanic women from New York were brought to Vermont farms for prostitution purposes. Many Vermont dairy farms employ foreign workers.

Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com


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