CONCORD, NH – Enoc Ayuso, 26, of Dorchester, Mass., appeared in U.S. District Court on Aug. 6 and pleaded guilty to conspiring to transport an underage female across state lines for prostitution.
In February of 2014, the Homeland Security Investigations, Manchester office, and the Salem NH Police Department, with assistance from Boston Police, rescued a female minor who was engaging in prostitution from a Salem hotel room. Upon further investigation, authorities identified multiple individuals who were involved in the scheme to transport the young woman from Boston to Salem for prostitution, including Ayuso.
Ayuso is scheduled to be sentenced in November of 2015.
“Ever since the passage of the Mann Act in 1948, the federal government has been investigating and prosecuting those who would transport individuals for the purpose of sexual activity. The transportation of minors for purposes of commercial sex activity is particularly egregious and is a primary enforcement priority for federal law enforcement,” said acting U.S. Attorney Donald Feith. “This office will work with local, state and federal law enforcement to secure convictions of and punishment for those who prey on children and use them for their financial advantage.”
The case was investigated by the Homeland Security Investigations, Manchester office, and the Salem Police Department, in conjunction with the police departments of Boston, Massachusetts and Manchester in conjunction with the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (NH ICAC).
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Nick Abramson and Helen Fitzgibbon.
In February 2006, the Department of Justice introduced Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
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