LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The U.S. attorney’s office says the leader of a sex trafficking conspiracy in Kentucky has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

A statement says Marco Antonio Flores-Benitez, 38, was sentenced on Tuesday after pleading guilty this month to conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking.

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A co-defendant, Roxana Serna-Olea, who is 36, was sentenced on Wednesday to 46 months in prison. She pleaded guilty to persuading someone to travel in interstate commerce to engage in prostitution.

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Two others have entered guilty pleas in the case and are awaiting sentencing.

According to court documents, the defendants were accused of recruiting Spanish-speaking women from North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Maryland to become prostitutes.

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