Sex Trade Info Filed

Federal Agents Say City Man Pimped Girlfriend

Posted: June 15, 2013

HARRISONBURG — Federal agents plan to charge a Harrisonburg man with violating sex-trafficking laws, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg.

A Harrisonburg-based U.S. Homeland Security agent filed an affidavit June 6 stating that charges against Elin Naun Coello-Ordonez, 32, are forthcoming.

“Coello-Ordonez has through force, threat of force, or coercion made his girlfriend …  perform sexual acts for a fee to customers and personally gained from this illegal enterprise,” the affidavit states. “Coello-Ordonez brought [his girlfriend] into the United States illegally in August 2010 under the false promise of helping her obtain a legitimate job.”

The affidavit filed in the case is for the detention of a material witness, Pedro Osmin Ulloa.

The Case

The investigation into Coello-Ordonez began on July 16, 2011, when Harrisonburg police responded to several 911 calls from a home at 601 N. Liberty St. Police have made multiple arrests for prostitution in the 600 to 900 blocks of North Liberty Street since 2005.

At the scene, police found the suspect and his “visibly shaken” girlfriend. Police reported that the woman had bruises on her face and claimed Coello-Ordonez beat her, the affidavit states.

The suspect was arrested. At the time of the arrest, according to the affidavit, Coello-Ordonez gave his girlfriend his cellphone.

Following Coello-Ordonez’s arrest, she began receiving threatening phone calls on the cellphone, advising her that she shouldn’t testify against her boyfriend in court, the document states.

The cellphone was handed over to police.

Following the threats, she was interviewed by Harrisonburg police and Homeland Security agents.

“[She] advised investigators that Coello-Ordonez was a ‘pimp’ who conducted prostitution activities using apartments as brothels within the Western District of Virginia and elsewhere,” according to the affidavit.

The affidavit states the girlfriend claims that Coello-Ordonez used the cellphone to conduct human-trafficking transactions with other pimps and customers in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and elsewhere.

The woman told investigators that Coello-Ordonez would take her to work in brothels in Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, Harrisburg and Scranton, Pa., and Hyattsville, Md.

In Charlottesville, she said, she worked with Ulloa, who she told police was in charge of collecting $30 from customers for 15 minutes of sex, the affidavit states.

On April 4, 2011, according to the affidavit, Coello-Ordonez drove her to Hyattsville to work as a prostitute. She was arrested the following day for prostitution by the Prince George’s County, Md., Police Department.

On Aug. 2, 2011, Coello-Ordonez was charged with misdemeanor assault and battery of a family member and felony receiving money to procure prostitution. He was convicted on Dec. 13, 2011, and ordered to spend 12 months in jail.

On Dec. 19, 2012, he was charged and convicted in federal court for re-entering the country illegally. He was sentenced to five years in prison and is scheduled to be released on Nov. 2, 2016.

Immigration officials would likely begin deportation proceedings against Coello-Ordonez upon the completion of his prison sentence.

Contact Pete DeLea at 574-6278 or pdelea@dnronline.com



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