Two People Plead Responsible To Intercourse Trafficking Of A Minor At A Bloomington Resort | USAO-MN
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Maria Candelaria Zambrano Zavala, 26, of Bloomington, and Humberto Rangel-Torres, 50, pleaded guilty to sex trafficking in minors this week.
According to court records, from March 2019 to May 2019, Zambrano Zavala began transporting and provisioning a minor for commercial sex to Rangel-Torres, who at the time was a construction worker and was staying at a Bloomington hotel. Rangel-Torres arranged commercial sex acts through Zambrano Zavala at least three times and paid Zambrano Zavala or the minor in cash for each commercial sex act.
“These defendants have shown no concern for the health and safety of a minor and instead prioritized their own satisfaction and profit,” said acting US attorney Anders Folk. “Commercial sexual exploitation of minors is a horrific crime that the US attorneys and our law enforcement partners have no tolerance for.”
“Arresting traffickers who exploit children and saving the exploited will always be a top priority for HSI,” said Jamie Holt, assistant special adviser for HSI St. Paul. “HSI and our law enforcement partners, like the Bloomington Police Department, will not get involved in our investigation until every trafficker is behind bars and every victim is rescued.”
Zambrano Zavala pleaded guilty to a number of minors’ sex trafficking and Rangel-Torres pleaded guilty to a number of conspiracies to commit sex trafficking in minors. Zambrano Zavala faces a prison sentence of at least 10 years. A federal district judge determines each sentence based on U.S. sentencing guidelines and other legal factors.
W. Anders Folk, acting US attorney for the Minnesota district, and Jamie Holt, assistant special commissioner for Homeland Security (HSI) St. Paul, announced after US District Judge Eric C. Tostrud accepted the pleas.
This case is the result of an investigation by HSI and the Bloomington Police Department.
US assistant attorneys Manda M. Sertich and Evan B. Gilead are pursuing the case.
This case was filed under Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched by the Justice Department in May 2006 to tackle the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. law firms and the Department of Child Exploitation and Profanity (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood is collecting federal, state, and local resources to better locate, track, and prosecute people who exploit children online track as well as identify and rescue the victims. For more information on Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.