US Attorney’s Office
June 12, 2013
Antonio Rivera, a former New York bar owner, was sentences to 60 years in prison for his role in sex trafficking and forced labor networks. Additionally, two other co-conspirators, John Whaley and Jason Villaman, where charged with 25 and 30 years respectively for similar offences. These 3 individuals were convictions were the result of a four-week trial presided over by United States District Judge Sandra J. Feuerstein. The victims were Latin American immigrants who were recruited, hired, and harbored by Rivera to work as waitresses in Rivera’s bars, and then forced into engaging in sexual acts with the bar’s patrons.To read the full report from the New York FBI Field Office, click here.