2 Women to Stand Trial in ‘Sex Slave’ Case

Two women accused with a male counterpart of keeping a pair of “sex slaves” chained in a camper for months and beating, raping and torturing them were ordered Wednesday to stand trial on 113 felony counts each.

After a preliminary hearing, Los Angeles Municipal Judge Glenette Blackwell ordered Margarita Ruvalcaba, 32, and Yolanda Garcia, 30, to stand trial on multiple counts of rape, kidnaping, slavery, false imprisonment and robbery.

A third defendant, Paul Garcia, 39, was previously found mentally incompetent and sent to Patton State Hospital.

The three are accused of imprisoning a Salvadoran woman for four months and a Guatemalan woman for 14 months and repeatedly raping and beating them in 1988 and 1989. The case came to light in September, 1989, after the Guatemalan escaped and went to police.