The Monitor – Alleged rapist to face human trafficking charge, police say

Last December, a 16-year-old native of Jalisco, Mexico, escaped through the window of a San Juan home, running away from the people she said beat, raped and starved her after helping smuggle her across the border.

She later told San Juan investigators that Benito Vargas, 23, raped her on multiple occasions, sometimes while another person stood nearby mocking the young girl as she pleaded for help, police said at the time.

Officers raided the home soon after the teen’s escape, searching for Vargas. But he had already fled and police suspected he had gone to Jalisco to threaten the girl’s family there. In January, San Juan police named Vargas one of their 10 most wanted fugitives, sought on a charge of aggravated sexual assault.

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