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Texas woman arrested for human trafficking, sexual assault of a child and other charges

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Posted at 5:56 PM, Aug 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-28 18:56:04-04

MISSION, Texas — The Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission and the FBI are looking for help with a human trafficking case in Hidalgo County.

Ritz Martinez has pleaded non-guilty to 31 separate charges including human trafficking, aggravated sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault of a child, and delivery of a controlled substance. The 61-year-old owner of "Rita's Sports Bar" is currently in jail on a $2.8 million bond, along with her son, 36-year-old Genaro Fuentes. The bar, which is at the center of the human trafficking investigation, has been closed.

TABC officials say the arrests mark a major milestone in the year long investigation. However, they know there is more to do.

“We have strong reason to believe there are multiple victims still unaccounted for whose testimony could play a vital role in ensuring justice is served. We’re counting on the public to help us bring this case to a successful conclusion,” TABC Executive Director Bentley Nettles said in a press release.

Any information about this case should be reported to TABC at (956) 374-2240.