2 arrested on charges of human trafficking in Mission, Texas

Close up of metal handcuffs

Close up of metal handcuffs

(Mission, TX) Officers with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, in conjunction with the Hidalgo County District Attorney’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested two Hidalgo County residents on charges of human trafficking following a year-long joint investigation.

Margarita “Rita” Martinez, 61, and her son, Genaro Fuentes, 36, were arrested. A Hidalgo County grand jury indicted Martinez on charges of human trafficking, 15 counts of aggravated sexual assault, 14 counts of sexual assault of a child and one count of manufacturing/delivering a controlled substance. The grand jury indicted Fuentes on charges of aggravated sexual assault and sexual assault of a child.

Martinez was the owner/operator of Rita’s Sports Bar in Mission. The investigation began after TABC received reports that young Hispanic females were allegedly being recruited by Martinez and forced to work in the bar. Prosecutors say subsequent investigation found evidence that the women were being trafficked and were subject to repeated sexual assaults.

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