Nine people were busted for their alleged roles in a vicious Queens-based sex-trafficking ring that pushed women to work as prostitutes and delivered brutal beatings to competitors, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.
Members of the operation ordered or carried out assaults with weapons like baseball bats on at least 15 women across the US, leaving one victim in a wheelchair and hospitalized for six weeks, according to a complaint unsealed in Brooklyn federal court on Tuesday.
The alleged traffickers targeted sex workers they believed were working independently or for rival organizations, said Breon Peace, US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.
Many of the victims
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