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ONLY ON CVP: An illegal Mexican immigrant running a brothel at a Fairview residence was indicted by a grand jury in Hackensack on charges of promoting prostitution and eluding human trafficking investigators by hiding in the basement when he saw them coming.

Fairview police teamed up with federal Homeland Security agents and detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office to arrest 49-year-old Antonio Miguel Ramirez Lima and another illegal Mexican immigrant, Edelia Osorio-Martinez, 30, of Astoria, Queens, following a late July raid on Cliff Street.

Federal agents took custody of Osorio-Martinez and a customer whose name turned up in a warrant check, authorities told CLIFFVIEW PILOT at the time.

Ramirez Lima, meanwhile, was being held on $25,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail, with an ICE detainer.

Today’s grand jury indictment charges Lima with “knowingly promoted the prostitution of Edelia Osorio-Martinez by owning, controlling, managing or otherwise keeping a house of prostitution or a prostitution business” at the apartment.

It also says that Lima “prevented or attempted to prevent [officers] from effecting an arrest by flight.”

Lima “took off when we hit the door,” Deputy Police Chief Martin Kahn said at the time. “He had a camera set up outside the building and headed for the basement when he saw us coming.”

The July 29 raid came a week after authorities hit a Bergen Boulevard massage parlor where they said sex was being sold.

The raids, employing undercover police officers posing as customers, are part of an escalating effort by local, county and federal authorities to curb prostitution as a tool in fighting human trafficking.

Both followed citizen complaints, police said.


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