El Paso, TX (KDBC) — It was day three today -- in the federal trial of an El Paso man accused of orchestrating a cross border sex trafficking scheme. On Thursday -- one of the alleged victims told the jury Charles Marquez raped her then laughed after the incident. Marquez is facing numerous charges including sex trafficking, sex trafficking of children by force, fraud and enticement.
The woman claimed right after the rape, Marquez said, “He didn't do anything, he just laughed because i was bleeding.”
That same woman also said Marquez offered her more money if she agreed to make a pornographic movie with him. She was the only witness, so far, to claim that Marquez -- who also went by Pablo and Henry had raped her. The jurors heard from another woman earlier today day who claimed she was too scared to leave the business. Even after finding out that it was prostitution that she was hired for.
Both women said Marquez threatened them by saying he had friends in law enforcement and immigration.
One of Marquez's former clients also took the stand Thursday. That man, who is a local pharmacist, was granted immunity in this case. That alleged client is a local pharmacist who says he paid 100-dollars-an hour to have sex with those women. He said he received those services after looking up escort services on craigslist.
From that website he found Charles Marquez who he called Henry. The pharmacist said he was a client for about 2 years and paid for sex between 50 to 100 times. The witness did receive immunity in this case -- even though one of the clients, according to the prosecution, was just 16 years old at the time.
When the alleged former client took the stand, lawyers asked him if he recognized Marquez. He looked around for a few minutes and could not make the connection.
In fact, when we saw pictures of Marquez back then, he does look different. Marquez has lost some weight and is now clean shaven.
In the pictures jurors saw Thursday -- the defendant was wearing a baseball cap and had facial hair.