The notorious gang MS-13 has so-called cliques in 40 states including Northern Virginia where it is "recruiting members as young as 13" according to law enforcement as reported by NBC.
Its money making rackets principally include drug trafficking and the flesh trade.Twelve MS-13 gang members in Northern Virginia "have been locked up for child sex trafficking in the past two years" as reported by Pamela Brown for WJLA:
"We're seeing most of the cases coming from MS-13 with regards to sex trafficking and we've seen a number of those cases from the past year," said John Torres, Special Agent in Charge with ICE Homeland Security Investigations. "For us it's a disturbing trend."
Last October the Treasury Department designated MS-13 as a transnational criminal organization under Executive Order 13581 which freezes their U.S. assets and bans Americans from conducting business with them, and in a follow-up move added six of the gang's purported leaders to the economic blacklist as reported by Jerry Seper for The Washington Times.