A shocking case has come to light in the Bronx, New York, involving a chemistry professor who allegedly lured vulnerable women from El Salvador with promises of a better life, only to subject them to horrific sexual abuse and exploitation. The accused, Jorge Alberto Ramos, a 43-year-old adjunct professor at a public university in New York, has been arrested and now faces several serious charges.
Prosecutors revealed that between 2013 and 2023, Ramos meticulously planned and executed his predatory scheme. He first made contact with the unsuspecting women in El Salvador, showering them with gifts and money, creating a false sense of security. Ramos then arranged for smugglers to transport these women across the border to his home in the Bronx.
Once in the United States, the victims’ harrowing ordeal began. Ramos subjected them to relentless sexual abuse, rape, and sexual assault. To maintain control, he forbade them from leaving his residence and used threats of deportation to ensure their compliance. Tragically, at least three women fell victim to his manipulative tactics and endured unimaginable suffering.
The indictment against Ramos includes charges such as inducement to travel to engage in unlawful sexual activity, transportation to engage in unlawful sexual activity, and conspiracy to engage in human smuggling. Each of these charges carries severe penalties, with maximum prison sentences ranging from five to twenty years. Nevertheless, Ramos pleaded not guilty to all seven counts during his recent court appearance.
Damian Williams, Manhattan’s top federal prosecutor, praised the immense bravery of the victims for reporting the heinous crimes perpetrated by Ramos. Their courageous act ensured that justice would be served. Williams condemned Ramos, describing him as an individual who preyed on vulnerable women, exploiting their bodies for his own sexual gratification.
The stories of two survivors emerged from the indictment, shedding light on the horrors they endured. The first victim, aged 27 at the time, was promised a better life and a romantic relationship by Ramos. However, upon arrival, she discovered a different reality. Over several weeks, she suffered repeated rape until she managed to escape.
The second survivor, an 18-year-old woman, was enticed with promises of educational and work opportunities. Ramos paid smugglers to transport her, but upon arrival, his intentions turned violent. Despite her resistance, she too was subjected to rape until her narrow escape.
The indictment also mentioned a third woman, approximately 25 years old when she fell prey to Ramos in 2013. Believing they were in a romantic relationship, she discovered the true motive behind her relocation once she found a job. Ramos then informed her that he had brought her to the country solely for his own sexual desires.
With the arrest of Ramos, a man who held a position of trust, it is evident that no individual should be exempt from scrutiny when it comes to preventing sexual predation. The legal process will now ensue, ensuring that justice prevails for these courageous survivors and sends a strong message to individuals who engage in such despicable acts.