LATEST: Boynton man accused of trafficking girl facing federal charges

2017-06-16 | The Palm Beach Post

June 16--BOYNTON BEACH -- A suburban Boynton Beach man arrested last month on human trafficking charges involving a teen girl is now facing federal charges.

Marco Vinicio Orrego, 31, was indicted on charges of sex trafficking in a minor, production of child pornography, distribution of child pornography and enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Thursday.

Boynton Beach police arrested Orrego in May after alleging that he sold the into prostitution. Local and federal authorities say Orrego used the website Backpage to advertise her for sexual services. He is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail with his bail set at $555,000.

Human trafficking has been described as the use of force, fraud or coercion to control another person for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts, labor or other services against their will. In 2016, Florida had the third-highest number of calls to the national trafficking hotline, behind California and Texas.

Orrego is one of at least 10 people to be arrested on human trafficking charges in Palm Beach County this year, online jail records show. State Attorney Dave Aronberg has credited a 10-member task force formed in January for the growing number of arrests for an offense some have called modern-day slavery.

The investigation into Orrego's case began after a man contacted city police May 6 and reported that his daughter was being held against her will at the Homing Inn on South Federal Highway near Woolbright Road in Boynton Beach Orrego provided her with transportation and a hotel, taking all of the proceeds for himself, authorities said.

If he is convicted, Orrego would face up to life in prison.