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Virginia Police Officers Accused of Helping Trafficking Ring in Exchange for Free Sex With Victims


Top police officials in Fairfax, Virginia, have been accused of covering up a trafficking ring in exchange for free sex with the victims.

A newly filed lawsuit by one of the alleged victims claims that at least 13 officers from the Fairfax County Police Department helped to cover for the Northern Virginia trafficking ring “for years.”

Former Fairfax County Police Chief Ed Roessler is named as a defendant. The lawsuit says that he helped hide what was going on when another detective’s work threatened to expose the conspiracy. He resigned from the department earlier this year.

According to a report from local station WUSA 9, the officers are accused of tipping off the criminals running the trafficking ring to stop advertisements on sites like backpage.com when sting operations were going to occur.

RT reports that the lawsuit claims the officers, some of whom have since retired, “secured sexual services from trafficked women, and may also have extorted money from the ring’s leadership.”

“Police officials regularly derided the notion that trafficked women were victims, insisting instead that they were simply prostitutes willingly engaged in unlawful commercial activity,” the lawsuit says.

Victor Glasberg, the lawyer representing the victim, told WUSA that police had corroborated elements of the allegations by providing him with names of officers who were involved. The department gave him the names Michael O. Barbazette of Manassas and Jason J. Mardocco, neither of whom are still on the force.

“I begged the county to resolve this without litigation. I said, ‘Let’s get some accountability here,'” Glasberg told WUSA. “In the end they told me to go pound sand. … This lawsuit is going to be difficult for my client, but it’s going to be a whole lot more difficult for the county.”

The lawsuit additionally includes allegations made by a former Fairfax police detective who claims Barbazette blocked his attempts to investigate sex trafficking. Barbazette was a sergeant and his supervisor at the time.

The complaint was filed by a Costa Rican woman identified only as “Jane Doe.” She says that she was recruited in her home country in 2010, and her passport was taken by the ring leader when she arrived in Virginia.

When she tried to leave the sex ring, Doe says the leaders threatened to harm her family or tell them that she had become a prostitute.

The leader of the ring, Hazel Sanchez Cerdas, pleaded guilty to running a prostitution ring in federal court in Alexandria. She was sentenced to just two and a half years in prison.

Prosecutors said that women in the ring were sometimes forced to have sex with up to 17 men per day and were told to comply with all sexual requests, even if they were degrading or dangerous.

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7 responses to “Virginia Police Officers Accused of Helping Trafficking Ring in Exchange for Free Sex With Victims”

  1. FuzzyMarineVet says:

    Your tax dollars at work, seduce gullible women to come to the United States and enslave them for the entertainment of the deviant members of the government. It makes me want to buy a pitchfork, and I don’t even have a barn.

  2. BTL10101 says:

    The rot in DC flows downhill. Fairfax is essentially a suburb of DC. I would blame the detective for not going to the AG about the corruption stopping his investigation. Maybe they would have given a rat’s ass.

  3. Rawdog says:

    Its funny, I see all of the comments on not just this story but other similar ones…you (all) are sooo disgusted…

    But here’s the thing…if someone WERE to do something about those fucking cops or the asshole running the ring, you morons would be the first ones flapping your gums for TikTok clout, for cowardly, religious reasons YOU would be the ones turning in the person(s) involved.

    Want to change things? Learn to shut your fucking mouth.

  4. pandusa says:

    Epstein killed himself and was not associated with sex trafficking that involved the rich, famous, and Royal (or 3 letter agencies). It was just financial business on the Island.Oswald acted alone.There is no such thing as UFO/UAPs. The virus came from nature.Pedophilia is just right wing hysteria. Maybe the cause of “conspiracy theories” is corruption and …LIES?
    Maybe… we are not stupid as they thought, and they aren’t as smart as they think they are.

  5. Wolv256 says:

    Wait… a cop did this?!?!? A COP?!?!? But… but… I thought they were supposed to protect us?!? Are you saying that a cop may abuse their positions of power for their own self interests?!?!? Oh no!!!

  6. WorstCommentEver says:

    2 and a 1/2 year for running a prostitution ring that did all these horrible things. I don’t understand.

  7. Laharl says:

    Yeah, yeah.

    And Epstein didn’t kill himself.

    Good lord, sometimes the world just disgusts me.