BREVARD COUNTY, Fla.- A former Cape Coral resident is accused of bringing an individual to Florida from Ecuador to have sex with minor girls for his own financial gain.
If convicted, 50-year-old Patrick Minga faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in federal prison.
According to the criminal complaint, Minga advertised, on Craigslist, a sex tourism business in Ecuador. Minga indicated that, for a fee, he could facilitate lodging, transportation, meals, and unlimited access to females from Ecuador and Colombia. An undercover agent with a U.S. Immigration and Customs spotted the ad and contacted Minga. Over the course of several months, Minga allegedly tried to arrange the travel of the undercover agent. Minga advised that he could provide sexual encounters with minors as young as 13 and 14 years of age.
On March 2, Minga traveled from Ecuador to the United States, where agents subsequently arrested him in Huntsville, Alabama. He is currently detained there, and will be transported to the Middle District of Florida for further proceedings.
It is another case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc.