By Anne Geggis
A Coral Springs teenager and her “best friend” offered two 15-year-old girls to men for sex, advertising them in nude photos on a website and booking them into area hotels and Airbnbs, according to charges unsealed Wednesday in U.S. District Court.
Alexandra Gloria Ramirez, 19, arrested Monday in Coral Springs. and Kiara Mercedes Nunez, 21, nabbed in Hollywood the same day, remained jailed in Broward County Wednesday afternoon with no bond, according to jail records.
A nine-page complaint filed in U.S. District Court details the activity uncovered by the year-old the Broward County Human Trafficking Task Force, which includes the Broward County State’s Attorney, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for South Florida, and police from Coral Springs, Fort Lauderdale, and Miramar.
Clients of the trafficking organization were offered three options for hire: a “quick visit” for a half an hour, an hour-long visit, or a $250 “two girl special,” according to court records.
If they were reluctant to have sex with the men or pose nude for the online photos, the 15-year-old girls were threatened with being left alone without money in an unfamiliar area, according to court papers.
The girls, both of whom had been reported to law enforcement as missing, were also offered drugs to make them feel good while having sex and, at one point, were threatened with a BB gun.
The trafficking went on from October 2019 until January, according to the allegations, but it all unraveled when an undercover member of law enforcement responded to a posting on a website known to promote prostitution. A woman that officers later determined was Nunez, the older of the accused duo, answered his call.
Nunez negotiated a deal offering herself and another girl, who turned out to be Victim 1 as part of a two-girl special in exchange for $250. When the two arrived at the booked hotel room, the girl fled to the bathroom, and Nunez told the undercover officer that the girl was “new” and “gets nervous,” court papers show.
Nunez also told the undercover officer that she has another girl that she brings to dates like this, and showed him pictures of girls in various provocative, nude photos. She said her “best friend” also has girls. One of the girls in the pictures was identified as Victim 2.
More law enforcement officers swarmed the hotel room and Nunez allowed them to search her phone, which showed how she was in communication with Ramirez about posting pictures of the girls for hire.
In one text message communication, Nunez and Ramirez discussed “ugly pictures” of the second victim. That girl later told law enforcement officers that customers had complained that the girl “looked scared,” in her pictures and those pictures were taken down.
Other text messages showed Nunez in communication with potential clients. Nunez used photos as she negotiated prices. One potential client responded, “Ima tear up that sexy ass !!! and how old is your homegirl,” referring to Victim 1. Nunez texted back, saying, “she is about to turn 18 in April but 17 at the moment.”
The scheme wasn’t always online, victims told law enforcement officers. At one point, the girls were dressed up and taken to Las Olas bars, where they were instructed to target drunk men, whisper in their ear, and touch them gently.
“Ramirez told them to offer a ‘date’ and if they were unwilling to pay the price, to move on and target the next ‘drunk’ guy,” court papers say. “Nunez and Ramirez realized they were not making money doing it this way, so Nunez continued to post online advertisements and arrange meetings with individuals for commercial sex acts.”
At first, Victim 1 told law enforcement officials that a man was her pimp. But she later explained that Nunez had told her to give a man’s name if they got caught.
“Nunez threatened the life of Minor Victim 1 and her family’s life if she ever told anyone about Nunez and Ramirez,” court papers say.
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- Anne Geggis has been a newspaper reporter for 30 years, most recently at the Sun Sentinel. She graduated from St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt., with a double major in journalism and sociology.
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