Some 10 defendants of 32 originally investigated since 2019 took advantage of abbreviated processes in which they admitted their guilt in the crimes committed, and another 13 benefited from dismissals due to insufficient evidence to add to the conviction that they committed serious offenses.
For the 11 who will go to trial, attorney Mariana Alfaro requested between three and six years in prison for paying minors, including a 13-year-old, to perform sexual and erotic acts and in a sadomasochistic case with the use of punishment instruments.
The well-off clients paid in dollars and also had a place to sleep and eat during temporary bonds and promised gifts and boat trips, helicopter trips and getaways to Punta del Este.
Knowing that teenagers were being exploited, one of the defendants created a WhatsApp group called “the uncle and the little nieces” to offer them as merchandise and arrange appointments in apartment networks, which another imitated with the name “Amores.”
Instagram was also used as a vehicle to promote the sexual exploitation of minors, according to El País daily and reviews of television channels.