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Four Houston-area residents in the same family face federal sex trafficking charges after allegedly coercing waitresses at a Houston bar to perform sex acts over a 13-year period, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Thursday.

Maria Botello, 54, her son Edgar Botello, 28, her nephew Arian Botello, 23, and her daughter Yudy Lucatero, 31, are expected to make their initial appearances Friday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Frances Stacy.

The criminal complaint, filed March 30, says that from 2007 to 2020, the family members coerced waitresses working at the Houston bar Puerto Alegre to engage in commercial sex acts. The victims included adults and at least one minor who was brought to the United States specifically to work at the bar. The minor was 17 years old at the time.

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The charges say Maria Botello coordinated “dates” with clients, charging $70 for every 15 minutes with the victims. Authorities identified Edgar and Arian Botello as “enforcers” who used weapons, threats and intimidation to ensure the victims’ compliance. Authorities also said Lucatero and Maria Botello discussed the rules and procedures in relation to the sex trafficking.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission initiated the investigation with the assistance of Homeland Security Investigations. The bar appears to have since closed.



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