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Girl escapes from alleged sex traffickers, six men face charges

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From upper left, Avelino Sarceno-Sarcen, Ember Rivera, Esler Hugo Rivera, Evis Amabilio Garcia-Rivera, Noe Bautista-Martinez, Rolando Corado Gonzalez

GREEN LAKE COUNTY (WKOW) -- A 17-year-old girl was rescued from alleged sex traffickers Thanksgiving night, and six men have appeared in court and will soon face charges.

The Green Lake County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call about 10:45 p.m. on Nov. 28 from a girl who told dispatchers she escaped from a residence where she was being sex trafficked, according to a news release from the Green Lake County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's deputies believe she was at the residence for weeks.

"She procured a phone and made a call, and just took advantage of an opportunity," Deputy Matthew Vande Kolk told 27 News.

The victim was found walking on County Line Road near Highway 73 and was rescued by a deputy.

At the same time, deputies found one of the suspects also walking on the road nearby. He was arrested Thanksgiving night.

A search warrant was executed on the residence on Friday, Nov. 29 at W2964 County Line Road in the Township of Manchester in Green Lake County.

That search obtained evidence believed to be connected to the sexual assault of the juvenile, and five additional suspects were arrested.

The suspects are Esler Hugo Rivera, 33; Rolando Corado Gonzalez, 28; Avelino Sarceno-Sarceno, 40; Ember Rivera, 37; Noe Bautista-Martinez, 28 and Evis Amabilio Garcia-Rivera, 31.

They all face charges of second degree sexual assault.

Amabilio Garcia-Rivera is suspected of trafficking the girl within the residence, among the suspects.

All of the suspects are believed to be undocumented immigrants from Guatemala. Deputies say a nearby dairy farm was renting the property and subletting to the men, who were workers at the farm.

Sheriff's officials say Immigration and Customs Enforcement will be involved with the case.

The owner of the property tells 27 News he had no idea any of this was going on and hadn't visited the property in person in many years.

The suspects have made court appearances, and they are currently being held at the Green Lake County Correctional Facility on cash bonds that vary from $20,000 to $50,000.

Deputies tell 27 News the girl was taken to the hospital and is recovering.

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Andrew Merica

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