Couple arraigned for allegedly running multi-state sex trafficking ring through OnlyFans

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Two people were arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court Wednesday for allegedly running a violent sex trafficking ring. Naveen Dhaliwal has the latest details.

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- A couple was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court Wednesday for allegedly running a violent sex trafficking ring.

Jonathan Ruiz, 29, and Charline Santiago, 27, were indicted for allegedly trafficking multiple women across six states including New York, according to the Manhattan District Attorney.

"These horrific allegations detail an abhorrent sex trafficking scheme that preyed on vulnerable people so the ringleaders could turn a profit," said Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg. "The internet gives traffickers new ways to exploit people through economic, emotional, physical and psychological coercion.

The two would force the women to engage in commerical sex acts and forced one of the women to produce videos on OnlyFans.

Ruiz and Santiago would beat the women, threaten them with a gun, withhold personal ID's and force them to use cocaine according to the DA.

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They'd also use those IDs to get government benefits and loans in their names, according to the DA.

The two set up an LLC in Connecticut in an effort to disguise the money they were making from the trafficking ring, according to the DA.

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