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Sex-trafficking case continues with defense on stand

By: Ruben Veloz, El Paso Times
EL PASO, Texas-- 

Update: Charles Marquez on Friday was found guilty. 

Prosecutors on Wednesday finished presenting key evidence and witnesses in the federal sex-trafficking case involving Marquez.

Marquez lawyers presented their side of the trial inside federal court on Wednesday as well.

Marquez's lawyers made a motion Tuesday asking the judge to clear Marquez of his charges, because the prosecution had not proven its case.

Our media partner, The El Paso Times, reported lawyers representing Marquez asked the judge to clear him of his charges because the prosecution had not proven its case.

The judge denied the appeals for all except one count saying he would review a witness's testimony before making a final decision, according to The El Paso Times.

Marquez is charged with sex-trafficking... including sex-trafficking involving children, and transporting women for prostitution.

Investigators said Marquez recruited the women through newspaper ads, and drove to various hotels around the Borderland to have sex with them.

According to an FBI agent who took the stand on Tuesday, one of the victims was only 16 years old when Marquez hired her.

Another victim told the jury she thought she was answering a modeling ad, and it wasn't until her second interview that she realized the job involved sex.

On Tuesday prosecutors presented sexually explicit text messages Marquez may have had with his clients.

One of the text messages involved, acronyms investigators said are commonly used in prostitution rings to escape from police officers.

On Tuesday the FBI agent also revealed that Marquez may have used his parents' names to advertise his prostitution ring, even used his parents' credit cards to pay for some of the ads.

 

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