Charlotte man, wife and mother charged in sex trafficking case involving minors

A Charlotte man, his wife and his mother are all charged in a minor sex trafficking case.

Zerrell Ross Fuentes, 22, Briana Leshay Wright, 24, and Tanya Fuentes, 53, are accused of transporting minors from Charlotte to Myrtle Beach for prostitution.

An eight-count federal indictment returned on Thursday alleges that between April 28 and May 8 of last year, the three conspired with each other to recruit, entice, harbor, transport, provide and obtain, for the purpose of engaging in a commercial sex act.

"The indictment also alleges that the minors were transported across state lines for the purposes of prostitution," court documents state.

Zerrell Fuentes was in jail and used a phone to recruit three minors in Charlotte "to engage in commercial sex acts for his benefit, knowing the minor victims were not yet 18 years of age," court documents say. The money gained was allegedly used to pay Fuentes' bond so he could get out of jail.

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