Couple pleads guilty in human trafficking case

This news article brings me much pleasure. This is a case that FCAHT has been involved with since Feb. 2008. I am happy to see that our clients were able to witness their traffickers be brought to Justice. Yesterday was a joyous day for our clients and we were honored to be a part of it all. This case would not have been possible without the great partnerships established by The Honorary¬†Consulates of the Philippines, The FLorida Attorney Generals Office, FCAHT, ICE, DOJ, DOL,and the U.S. Attorney’s office.

The Associated Press
MIAMI — A South Florida couple has pleaded guilty after a federal human trafficking investigation.

Federal officials said Friday that Sophia Manuel and Alfonso Baldonado Jr. schemed to force Filipino nationals to work in South Florida country clubs and hotels and threatened them with deportation. In exchange, they were offered little or no pay, and inadequate food or water.

Manuel, 41, and Baldonado, 46, were indicted by a federal grand jury on charges including visa fraud and making false statements to the government.

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida Wilfredo Ferrer said the alleged victims “found their dream of freedom and a better life transformed into a real-life nightmare of servitude and fear.”

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