June 30, 2011
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Federal prosecutors in Vermont say they've charged a man with conspiring to bring New York prostitutes to Vermont farmworkers.
Alejandro Enrique Young-Hernandez, aka Alex Young, 53, of Hyde Park, appeared in federal court in Burlington on Wednesday after being charged with conspiracy. He was released on conditions, pending a July 18 probable cause hearing.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Heather Ross says Young-Hernandez worked with Jose Tomas Flores-Rocha, 53, who would transport women to the farms for $60-per-sex-act encounters.
Flores-Rocha, an illegal immigrant who was arrested in March, has since pleaded guilty to transporting a Mexican woman to Vermont for the purpose of prostitution. He's awaiting sentencing.
If convicted, Young-Hernandez - who prosecutors say made the arrangements on behalf of farmworkers - could get 10 years in prison.
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