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Loudoun deputies investigating gang-related, underage prostitution ring

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office's Tactical Enforcement Unit is investigating an underage prostitution ring spanning Virginia, Maryland and D.C. ran by MS-13 members for the profit of the gang's leadership in El Salvador.

A search warrant, filed July 7 in Loudoun County Circuit Court, gives details on an investigation into a man who is believed to be a high-ranking member of MS-13 overseeing two local cliques of the gang. According to the warrant, he allegedly ran a prostitution ring out of a Reston apartment and planned and executed the robbery of a Herndon Western Union bank.

According to the warrant, a search of a cellphone owned by a Sterling MS-13 member who recently pleaded guilty to arranging a mob assault involving students from Dominion High School, gave detectives information about an apartment suspected to be used for prostitution.

The apartment, in the 2300 block of Freetown Court in Reston, housed multiple underage girls both confirmed and suspected of prostituting for the benefit of MS-13, according to the warrant.

Detectives interviewed some of the underage girls who lived at the apartment and determined they were reported as runaways in Loudoun and surrounding counties. The girls told authorities the prostitution ringleader told them he would kill them if they ever told police, according to the warrant.

One underage prostitute who worked in the apartment told detectives the ringleader oversees the prostitution operations for their gang clique and sends the profits to MS-13 gang leadership in El Salvador, according to the warrant.

The girl told detectives he planned and executed a large-scale robbery of a Western Union bank in Herndon, taking upwards of $100,000. Loudoun detectives confirmed statements about the robbery made by the girl with Herndon police working on the robbery investigation.

A higher ranking underage prostitute, also reported as a runaway from Loudoun County, was reportedly managing a small group of other underage prostitutes in the Reston apartment. According to the warrant, the girl sought out clients, assigned them to girls and collected the money they made to give to the ringleader.

Editor's note:

The Times-Mirror is withholding the names of the alleged perpetrators because they have not been criminally charged.

This is a developing story. Please check the Times-Mirror for more updates.


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