By Dialogo January 22, 2013 Authorities in the United States arrested and charged 12 people for being involved in a human trafficking network aimed at prostitution that introduced women from Mexico and Nicaragua into the country, the U.S. Department of Justice informed on January 17. During Operation “Dark Night”, 11 victims were rescued and 44 precautionary arrests were made, according to a statement released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Joaquín Méndez Hernández, aka “El Flaco”, was the network leader, who brought women to the U.S. by promising them employment, then forcing them into sex work in several southeastern states, according to the accusation. Méndez Hernández once threatened a Mexican woman with deportation unless she received 25 customers a day, stated the accusation submitted before the court in Savannah, Georgia. “Few crimes are so harmful and damage victims as much as” sex trafficking does, ICE Director John Morton expressed. “We should not rest in the fight against this scourge, either in our country or abroad,” he added.