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4 Arrested Under New Mass. Human Trafficking Law

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Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has announced the first arrests under a new state law designed to crack down on human trafficking.

Coakley said the four arrests include a husband and wife and two other men. She said the four ran a business enterprise that transported women into the Boston area and profited from their sexual services.

She said some of the women were being sold to so-called "johns" as often as 15 times a day.

Those arrested include 39-year-old Rafael Henriquez and his 50-year-old wife Ramona Carpio Hernandez, both of East Boston. Thirty-four-year-old Diego Suarez and 26-year-old Milton Lopez-Martinez were also arrested.

All four face one count of trafficking in persons for sexual servitude.

The four have yet to be assigned lawyers. They are to be arraigned Monday in Boston Municipal Court.

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