Two women rescued at a Missouri motel said they were smuggled into the country from Mexico and sexually assaulted while being held for ransom.
The women were found at a motel in Higginsville, Mo., and the three men who were with them are now facing numerous charges.
According to court documents filed by Lafayette County prosecutors, agents with the Department of Homeland Security tipped local authorities to the alleged human trafficking situation.
Relatives of the two women reported to authorities that kidnappers were demanding ransom money for their release.
Based on the tip from Homeland Security, Higginsville police found the two women and three men at a motel.
Speaking through a Spanish interpreter, the women told police that the men had physically and sexually assaulted them in the motel room.
They said that one of the men was angry because the families of the women were not paying enough money, according to the documents.
Both women had bruising and swelling on their bodies, officers noted.
One woman said that one of the men threatened to kill her if her family did not pay and if she did not comply with his sexual advances.
The men charged in Lafayette County Circuit Court are Alain Camarillo-Linan, Jaciel Mendez-Morales and Luis Sierra-Vallina.
Camarillo-Linan is charged with three counts of sodomy and two counts each of rape, kidnapping, sexual abuse and assault.
Mendez-Morales and Sierra-Vallina are each charged with two counts of rape, two counts of sodomy and two counts of kidnapping.
The three men were arraigned on the charges Monday and pleaded not guilty.
They are being held in the Lafayette County Jail.