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A Reading woman pleaded guilty to sex trafficking and child pornography charges connected to the sexual exploitation of two teen girls, the Department of Justice announced Thursday.

Melissa Madera, 27, was charged in 2019 by U.S. Attorney William McSwain on charges of sex trafficking minors and one count each of distribution, receipt and possession of child pornography

According to McSwain’s office, Madera trafficked two girls, 15 and 17 years old, from August until October 2017. Madera forced the girl to sell sex “for her own financial gain” and gave them drugs like ecstasy and cocaine to ensure they would obey.

“Sometimes the girls would not make it to school the following day because they had been given so many drugs the previous night,” Madera said.

Madera also possessed sexually explicit images of one of the girls, and posted it to a sex-trafficking website in an advertisement for sex, according to McSwain’s office. The advertisements said the sexual activity would occur in motels in towns like Wyomissing and Reading.

According to McSwain’s office, Madera would rent two rooms at these hotels. One room is where she would have the girls, while the other was for meeting the men and where they would pay.

The 15-year-old girl’s mother reported her missing to the Reading Police Department in October 2017, McSwain’s office said. Later, Madera confronted the girl and assaulted her, saying “this is what you get for being a rat.”

McSwain said that sex trafficking is a serious problem in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, one that he is committed to defeating.

“Here, Madera advertised children like objects to be sold online and gave them drugs so that they weren’t in their right minds,” McSwain said. “This is a parent’s worst nightmare.”

There was no information on any agreed-upon sentence for Madera.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation was the lead on the case.

“Predators come in many different forms,” Michael J. Driscoll, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division said. “Make no mistake, Melissa Madera fits that bill. She has now admitted to selling minors for sex, drugging them to maintain control of their minds and bodies. Such despicable treatment does serious lasting harm. The FBI is committed to finding and freeing trafficking victims and holding their tormentors accountable.”

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