A member of the gang MS-13 from Springfield was found guilty of sex trafficking underage girls Thursday.
A federal jury found Rances Ulices Amaya, 23, guilty of three counts of sex trafficking and one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a child. Because of minimum sentencing guidelines, Amaya should receive at least 10 years in prison for each count. He could receive as much as life in prison when he is sentenced on June 1.
Amaya went by the nicknames "Murder" and "Blue," according to court documents , and he eventually rose to lead the Guanacos Lokotes Salvatrucha clique in the gang. He used his MS-13 contacts to find customers and underage girls to prostitute, while also using the gang's reputation for violence to deter customers from making off with the girls.
Amaya prosituted five girls between 14 and 17 years old, forcing them to have sex with as many as 10 customers a day. Many of the customers were solicited from construction sites and convenience stores popular with day laborers. Amaya charged between $30 and $120 for sex with his victims, according to prosecutors.
"Customers were required to pay more for 'unusual' sex acts," according to a press release from the United States Attorney's Office.
If a girl refused Amaya's demands, gang members would 'run a train' on the victim — having sex with her in rapid succession, according to the USAO. Amaya also reportedly hit one victim in the face.