2 charged with running prostitution ring in Loudoun Co.

WASHINGTON — Two men were arrested in Loudoun County last week and charged with running a prostitution ring out of a residence in Sterling, Virginia.

Luis A. Bonilla-Hernandez, 32, of Sterling, and Eliazar Duran-Mota, 22, of Herndon, were arrested July 6 after an investigation that the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement lasted almost a year.

Detectives with the sheriff’s office began the investigation in August of last year after getting reports of a possible prostitution ring running out of a residence on West Nettle Tree Road, in Sterling. Women would travel from other states and meet the two men in Maryland, the sheriff’s office said; from there, the two would take the women to various spots in Loudoun County.

The men were charged with two felony counts of receiving money from earnings of a female prostitute and two misdemeanor counts of using vehicles to promote prostitution. Duran-Mota was also charged with cruelty to animals; the sheriff’s office said he was seen harming a dog during the course of the investigation.

They’ve been released on bond.

Rick Massimo

Rick Massimo came to WTOP, and to Washington, in 2013 after having lived in Providence, R.I., since he was a child. He's the author of "A Walking Tour of the Georgetown Set" and "I Got a Song: A History of the Newport Folk Festival."

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