The FBI said it made the arrest in connection with a human trafficking investigation in New York City.
Investigators arrested Iseni Gomez on August 12 because the FBI’s Westchester County Safe Street Task Force and local partners were participating in “Operation Cross Country.” She was indicted on sex trafficking charges in Westchester County and the Bronx.
Gomez placed an online ad looking for a waitress to work at a Manhattan restaurant, according to FBI officials. On her victim’s first day, authorities forced Gomez to have sex with her man, telling her there was no waitress position and threatening to call federal authorities to have her deported.
Using Facebook and several other personal advertising websites, FBI agents found more than 1,600 ads linked to Gomez promoting prostitution for about a decade.
Gomez’s arrest also came after Gov. Kathy Hochul approved a bill to train bartenders to recognize signs of human trafficking.
Rep. Amy Paulin said, “When you’re trained, you have a different sense of duty and knowledge.
The FBI said it believes there are other victims related to Gomez who may be aware of the photos on the messaging account Gomez used on WhatsApp.
Potential Gomez victims are encouraged to call 1-800-CALL-FBI.