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Dominican woman pleads guilty to running prostitution ring in MN
MINNEAPOLIS — A woman from the Dominican Republic has pleaded guilty to bringing women from other states and countries to work as prostitutes in Minnesota.
Marisol Ramirez was charged in May along with 24 other people. All but two of them have now pleaded guilty. Authorities say 14 of them, including Ramirez, were in the United States illegally.
Federal prosecutors say Ramirez’s ring operated seven houses of prostitution in the Twin Cities and another in Austin, Minnesota. It allegedly recruited the women from Mexico and Central America and took their identification papers to prevent them from leaving.
Under her plea agreement, the 37-year-old likely faces 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 years in prison.
She admitted sneaking back into the country after being deported following a 1997 conviction in Georgia on pimping charges.