Visalia Man Sentenced to Prison for Sex Trafficking of a Minor

Fresno, California - Alejandro Manuel Perez, 28, of Visalia, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill to 10 years in prison for participating in a sex trafficking venture involving a minor, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, between February 4, 2010 and March 13, 2010, Perez knowingly benefitted, financially or otherwise, from his participation in a sex trafficking venture that involved a minor female victim. Perez was charged with sex trafficking on March 8, 2012, and pleaded guilty to this charge on October 30, 2013. He has been in custody since March 27, 2012.

“The FBI and its partners work tirelessly to identify and rescue young sex trafficking victims, investigating these deplorable crimes to ensure that those who commercially exploit children face justice,” said Special Agent in Charge Monica M. Miller of the FBI’s Sacramento Field Office. “By disrupting these illicit ventures and removing traffickers from our communities, we hope to offer the victims a chance at a normal life and to prevent other children from falling prey to such predators who feed on the vulnerabilities of the young.”

This case was the product of an extensive investigation by the Fresno Office of the FBI and the Visalia Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Brian W. Enos is prosecuting the case.

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