NEWARK - An international ring allegedly smuggling young women into the United States illegally has been brought down by the FBI in Newark.

Authorities say six people were rounded up for their involvement in the trafficking ring, including four from New Jersey. The Department of Homeland Security says that the three alleged bosses of the operation made their first appearance in federal court today.

According to officials, the trafficking syndicate may have exploited more than 1,000 women, making them pay anywhere from $13,000 to $25,000 so they could get into the country. They say many of the women ended up working in strip clubs in Newark to pay their debts and may have restored to prostitution.

Homeland Security is asking anyone with information to contact them at 1-866-DHS-2ICE (1-866-347-2423).