Fugitive Finder: Sex Trafficking Suspect
Tue, 02 Feb 2010 00:12:07 GMT —
Benito Vargas has a history of human trafficking and is currently wanted on Suspicion of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child.
Investigators said he found his latest victim in Jalisco, Mexico, and his mother and sister both participated in abusing the girl.
On October 27, 2009, while in Jalisco, Vargas persuaded a 16-year-old girl to leave her home and return with him to his home 210 W. 10th Street in San Juan.
Vargas took the girl to Matamoros and arranged for her to be smuggled into the United States.
Upon arriving at the San Juan home, investigators said Vargas repeatedly assaulted, verbally abused and raped the girl.
The teen was forced to wake up at 5 a.m., bathe three children who lived in the house with Vargas' mother and sister, and walk the children to a nearby school.
The girl was also expected to complete daily chores including preparing breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Investigators said the teen tried to defend herself and received countless threats that she would be killed or arrested for being in the U.S. illegally.
On December 13, 2009, the girl was kicked out of the house.
With no relatives, friends or anywhere to go, she sat by the curb in front of the house for two days and did not eat.
At night, she would sneak onto the property and sleep on an old sofa in the front yard.
Police believe Vargas is in Mexico along the U.S./Mexico border.
Vargas is described as a 23-year-old Hispanic male with brown eyes and black hair.
He is 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds.
Vargas also goes by the name Benito Cordero-Vargas.
Call the San Juan Crime Stoppers line at (956) 283-TIPS if you know how to find him.
Benito's mother, Ofelia Vargas, has been arrested for not reporting the abuse.
Benito's sister, Belen Vargas, was already in custody on unrelated charges and is now facing assault charges.