Two Charlotte residents have been indicted in U.S. District Court for their alleged involvement in a multi-state prostitution conspiracy.
The federal indictment filed in Savannah, Ga., identifies more than a dozen defendants, including the two men from the Charlotte area.
Claudio Sanchez-Calderon and Mayer Sanchez-Calderon are charged with transporting persons in interstate commerce for purposes of prostitution and harboring them.
According to the indictment, the women were transported from other countries into the United States to Savannah and other cities.
The defendants provided false and misleading information to the women in order to entice them to come to the country, the indictment said, and then threatened and forced the women to commit acts of prostitution.
Some children were held hostage in Mexico in order to force the women into prostitution, according to the indictment.
At varying times, one woman may have been forced to commit more than 30 sex acts in one day.