• Two in Fall River arrested in connection with human trafficking, rape


    FALL RIVER, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- A woman who prosecutors allege ran an underage prostitution ring and one of her clients were both arraigned in Fall River District Court Thursday.

    Olivia Lara, also known as "Missy," was arraigned on three counts of trafficking in persons under the age of 18 for sexual servitude, and three counts of and deriving support from a minor prostitute.

    In December, New Bedford police told Homeland Security that Lara, a 38-year-old Fall River resident, was trafficking underage girls for sexual purposes around the city. Investigators allege that Lara would meet with adult men inside a Fall River bar and arrange for them to pay to have sex with minors, who she would bring to houses, garages or cars.

    Feliciano Ramirez, 30, also from Fall River, was one of Lara's clients who authorities allege paid to engage in sexual acts with minors. He was arraigned in Fall River District Court Thursday on two charges, rape of a child and sex for a fee.

    A judge set bail at $100,000 cash for Lara and $25,000 cash for Ramirez. Both will appear in court next on Feb. 12.

    The investigation of this human trafficking scheme remains ongoing, according to the Attorney General's office.

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