In 1999, as a direct result of the public accusations, from several aspiring singers, of slavery, violence and sexual abuse at the hands of Andrade and his accomplice, Trevi, the Mexican authorities wasted no time in reacting.
They accused Sergio Andrade, Gloria Trevi, and choreographer/backup singer, Maria Raquenel Portillo (also known as Mary Boquitas), of corrupting minors, sexual abuse and kidnapping. The three, who were all over the news, denied the charges and managed to escape from Mexico, with about a dozen girls. They were officially declared as fugitives by the Mexican judicial system.