Anyone who fled would die, and their families would also suffer the same fate, the statements said.
Carmen was ferried around the tri-state area and forced to have sex with men in their homes and with seasonal workers in rural areas of Connecticut, New Jersey and New York, she testified in court, according to the paper.
In a few cases, they even were up front about the prostitution.
After crossing into the United States, the women were told the truth about their work, and those who resisted were raped or beaten, according to court records and interviews with the victims conducted by FSU.
"And a young teenage girl does not have the experience to make these decisions." Oaxaca state law permits marriage of women at 14 and men at 16.
Mexican officials have long tolerated arranged marriages, Garcia concedes, adding that he doesn't know of any cases of prosecutions.
The single count superseding indictment re-alleges that Gerardo Salazar, 40, is the leader of a group of men who smuggled minor girls and young women from Mexico into the United States.
A significant number of Mexican women, girls, and boys are trafficked within the country for commercial sexual exploitation, lured by false job offers from poor rural regions to urban, border, and tourist areas.
According to the government, more than 20,000 Mexican children are victims of sex trafficking every year, especially in tourist and border areas.
Carmen was ferried around the tri-state area and forced to have sex with men in their homes and with seasonal workers in rural areas of Connecticut, New Jersey and New York, she testified in court, according to the paper., his 14-year-old daughter and her suitor, Margarito de Jesus Galindo, 18.
Galindo had agreed to pay Martinez for his daughter's hand in marriage, according to Greenfield police.