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Brothel Owner Pleads Guilty in Alien Harboring Conspiracy and Prostitution Ring

ATLANTA—Luiz M. Gutierrez, 56, of Marietta, pleaded guilty today in federal district court to conspiracy to entice individuals to cross state lines to engage in prostitution and to encourage and induce aliens to reside unlawfully in the United States.

According to United States Attorney Yates, the charges, and other information presented in court: Gutierrez operated a house of prostitution in Marietta, Georgia, in which she employed illegal aliens, both as house caretakers and prostitutes. In addition to employing prostitutes who lived in Georgia, Gutierrez regularly solicited illegal alien prostitutes living in other states, including Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, and Massachusetts, to travel to Georgia, where they worked for Gutierrez and Epifania Sanchez Delarosa, her co-defendant, who also allegedly operated brothels. Gutierrez also recruited prostitutes who lived in Georgia to travel to Alabama to work for an associate of Gutierrez who owned and managed brothels in that state.

Gutierrez was indicted on December 6, 2011 on two counts of conspiracy, two counts of enticing individuals to cross state lines to engage in prostitution, and two counts of encouraging and inducing aliens to reside unlawfully in the United States. She pleaded guilty to one conspiracy count. She could receive a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. In determining the actual sentence, the court will consider the United States Sentencing Guidelines, which are not binding but provide appropriate sentencing ranges for most offenders.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 10, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. before United States District Judge Timothy C. Batten.

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