FAIRFIELD — A trio of illegal immigrants who FBI agents believe operated five brothels in Northern California, including one in Fairfield run out of a duplex on the 800 block of Fifth Street, are set to be in court later this week facing federal charges of harboring and conspiring to harbor illegal immigrants.
Roberto U. Gonzalez, 43, Everardo I. Regaldo, 43, and Corina Dominguez, 25, allegedly operated one or more of the brothels since at least 2010.
The federal investigation into the chain of brothels began in Stockton, where confidential sources told investigators that women, illegal immigrants from Mexico and Central America, were being trafficked weekly to and from different brothels. In a criminal complaint filed in January, authorities identified homes in Fairfield, Stockton, Sacramento, Yuba City and Chico as part of a network of brothels linked to the trio.
The Fifth Street home came to the attention of authorities when FBI agents followed prostitutes being moved from Stockton to Fairfield in July 2012 and later from Fairfield to a home in Yuba City.
Authorities in August 2012 got hold of a business card advertising the Fairfield brothel. An undercover agent called the phone number on the card, was told the brothel was open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and that the price of a prostitute was $40 for 15 minutes of sex.
Agents in December performed the same ruse, asking if any young girls were available. They were told a young girl from Mexico was available, according to court records.
All three suspects pleaded not guilty last week to the two criminal charges. They each face up to 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine. The suspects are in jail without bail and are scheduled to be back in court Friday.
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