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Feds raid sex slave ring

Seven alleged sex trafficking victims are escorted into

Seven alleged sex trafficking victims are escorted into a police bus outside the LaHija Del Mariachi Bar & Grill at 359 Horseblock Road in Farmingville, which was raided just after 12 a.m. (August 10, 2009) Photo Credit: James Carbone

More than 100 federal agents and police fanned out in Suffolk County in raids aimed at smashing a ring that allegedly enslaved women, forcing them to serve as sex workers in saloons that catered to undocumented immigrants, according to court documents and sources.

Seven alleged sex trafficking victims are escorted into
Photo Credit: James Carbone

Seven alleged sex trafficking victims are escorted into a police bus outside the LaHija Del Mariachi Bar & Grill at 359 Horseblock Road in Farmingville, which was raided just after 12 a.m. (August 10, 2009)

Police in front of the LaHija Del Mariachi
Photo Credit: Newsday/James Carbone

Police in front of the LaHija Del Mariachi Bar & Grill which was raided at 359 Horseblock Road in Farmingville just after 12 a.m. as part of a sweeping attempt to break up sex slave rings across Suffolk, according to court documents.

Police collect a box of evidence in front
Photo Credit: Newsday/James Carbone

Police collect a box of evidence in front of the LaHija Del Mariachi Bar & Grill which was raided at 359 Horseblock Road in Farmingville just after 12 a.m. as part of a sweeping attempt to break up sex slave rings across Suffolk, according to court documents.

Police arrest a man at the LaHija Del
Photo Credit: Newsday/Photo by James Carbone

Police arrest a man at the LaHija Del Mariachi Bar & Grill which was raided at 359 Horseblock Road in Farmingville just after 12 a.m. as part of a sweeping attempt to break up sex slave rings across Suffolk, according to court documents.

Police gather in front of the LaHija Del
Photo Credit: Newsday/James Carbone

Police gather in front of the LaHija Del Mariachi Bar & Grill which was raided at 359 Horseblock Road in Farmingville just after 12 a.m. as part of a sweeping attempt to break up sex slave rings across Suffolk, according to court documents.

Police escort women onto a bus outside of
Photo Credit: Newsday/James Carbone

Police escort women onto a bus outside of the LaHija Del Mariachi Bar & Grill. The establishment was raided at 359 Horseblock Road in Farmingville just after 12 a.m. as part of a sweeping attempt to break up sex slave rings across Suffolk, according to court documents.

Police enter the LaHija Del Mariachi Bar &
Photo Credit: Newsday/James Carbone

Police enter the LaHija Del Mariachi Bar & Grill which was raided at 359 Horseblock Road in Farmingville just after 12 a.m. as part of a sweeping attempt to break up sex slave rings across Suffolk, according to court documents.

Police arrest a man outside of the LaHija
Photo Credit: Newsday/James Carbone

Police arrest a man outside of the LaHija Del Mariachi Bar & Grill which was raided at 359 Horseblock Road in Farmingville just after 12 a.m. as part of a sweeping attempt to break up sex slave rings across Suffolk, according to court documents.

One of the establishments probed by officials as
Photo Credit: Newsday/Joseph D. Sullivan

One of the establishments probed by officials as part of a sweeping attempt to break up sex slave rings across Suffolk, according to court documents.

RONKONKOMA- AUGUST 10, 2009: A Suffolk County police
Photo Credit: Newsday/Photo by Joseph D. Sullivan

RONKONKOMA- AUGUST 10, 2009: A Suffolk County police officer blocks the entrance to the parking lot while the raid was in progress. During the raid, many people drove by, a few tried entering the lot. Federal agents (?) Suffolk County Police conducted a raid at the Mexican bar/ restaurant, Sonidos de la Frontera [sounds of the border/frontier], 846 Portion Road, Ronkonkoma in the early morning hours.

One of the establishments, this one in Ronkonkoma,
Photo Credit: Newsday/Photo by Joseph D. Sullivan

One of the establishments, this one in Ronkonkoma, probed by officials as part of a sweeping attempt to break up sex slave rings across Suffolk, according to court documents.

RONKONKOMA- AUGUST 10, 2009: After a lengthy detention,
Photo Credit: Newsday/Photo by Joseph D. Sullivan

RONKONKOMA- AUGUST 10, 2009: After a lengthy detention, men who's backgrounds were examined by police are released from the restaurant. Police indicated two men were arrested at the beginning of the raid while everyone else in the bar was investigated before being released. Federal agents (?) Suffolk County Police conducted a raid at the Mexican bar/ restaurant, Sonidos de la Frontera [sounds of the border/frontier], 846 Portion Road, Ronkonkoma in the early morning hours.

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