NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- The Associated Press ran a national story over the holidays that quotes James Hayes, the top Immigrations Cop in New York, listing New Rochelle among three major hubs of human sex trafficking in the New York City area.
James Hayes, the special agent in charge of New York’s Homeland Security Investigations at Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said about 60 percent of his unit’s 147 human trafficking arrests in the past two fiscal years had been for sex trafficking.
“It’s something we have a tremendous focus on,” he said, noting that sex-trafficking organizations are based in the city of Tenancingo and the state of Tlaxcala of Mexico and operate mainly in Queens, Long Island and New Rochelle.
"These places are all over the West End," said one New Rochelle real estate investor who asked not to be identified.
Tenancingo, a town in the state of Tlaxcala, has been identified by the U.S. Department of Justice as the beginning of a pipeline in an illicit, international trafficking trade, and considered to be the epicenter for sex trafficking in Mexico.
In a BBC report, one Mexican charity said that 10% of the population of Tenancingo is involved in the sex trafficking trade including police and judges.
A recent documentary, Pimp City: A Journey to the Center of the Sex Slave Trade is an expose on the Tenancingo Sex Trafficking Ring.
Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District, recently nominated by President Barack Obama to replace Eric Holder as U.S. Attorney General, is interviewed for the documentary. She calls the sex trafficing trade "modern-day slavery".
New York man who police said was driving a 16-year-old girl back and forth to New Jersey to have sex with paying clients faces sex trafficking and other charges, the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office said.
Miguel Hernandez, 34, of New Rochelle, was charged with promoting prostitution, human trafficking, endangering the welfare of a child, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of narcotics paraphernalia, after a vehicle stop Feb. 5.
Amy Paulin, an Assemblywoman whose district includes New Rochelle, sponsored an anti-human trafficking bill which was signed into law by Gov. Cuomo one year ago.
New York State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin's anti-human trafficking bill (A8071/S5839) was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday. The bill is one part of the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act (TVPJA), which Paulin authored.
Talk of the Sound reached out to Paulin for comment on the AP story.