4 arrested under new Mass. human trafficking law

BOSTON — Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley on Friday announced the first arrests under a new state law designed to crack down on human trafficking.

Coakley said the four arrests include a husband and wife and two other men. She said the four ran a business enterprise that transported women to the Boston area and profited from their sexual services.

She said some of the women were being sold repeatedly as part of “a sophisticated human trafficking organization.”

“In this instance, these women were sold time and time again, sometimes up to 15 times a day,” Coakley said.

Those arrested include Rafael Henriquez, 39, and his wife, Ramona Carpio Hernandez, 50, both of East Boston. Diego Suarez, 34, and Milton Lopez-Martinez, 26, were also arrested.

 Coakley said Suarez and Lopez-Martinez were responsible for the daily operations of the organization, including supervising two primary locations in East Boston and Chelsea and transporting women to house calls from “johns.”All four face one count of trafficking in persons for sexual servitude.

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