Joewy Gonzalez Villanueva, 37, of Revere, was one of six suspects arrested on February 23 and charged with engaging in sexual conduct for a fee.
According to State Police, undercover law enforcement officials posed as online escorts and lured Villanueva and the other suspects to a hotel in Revere for “commercial sex.” The suspects were immediately taken into custody upon arrival at the hotel. The other suspects are Mohamed Hossain, 30, of Braintree, Cristhian Reyes, 27, of Lawrence, Daniel Eaton, 38, of Melrose, Jesus Anyosa, 44, of Saugus, and John Fornoh, 26, of Lynn.
Under state law, if convicted, each suspect could face up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $500.
According to police, the sting operation was conducted to “reduce the demand of commercial sexual exploitation.” State troopers were assisted by the Boston Police Human Trafficking Unit, the Revere Police Department and the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department as well as the FBI Human Trafficking and Violent Crime task forces.