3 face federal charges of running brothel

By From page A10 | February 05, 2013

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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Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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  • SobreakitdownformeFebruary 05, 2013 - 10:59 am

    I hope they get the full 20 years especially the woman from the trio. I notice usually a female accomplice is needed to get the girls to trust the men. If shes locked up longer than the other two hopefully it will send messages to other female brothel operators that they are at a greater prosecution risk and rethink what their doing. But congrats to the police/federal for getting this group off the streets.

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  • StevenFebruary 05, 2013 - 10:54 pm

    I want to know how long they suspect the brothel in Fairfield was running for. If they found out that women were being trafficked there in July, why was the brothel still running in December? Couldn't they have shut it down a little bit quicker?

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