- - this monday, another suspect pleaded guilty to his role in a #human-ltrafficking ring that took advantage of immigrant children and forced them into #slavelabor. 50-year-old pablo duran ramirez jr. is the fourth person to plead guilty in the case, which involved a number of children being forced to work on an egg farm. he faces up to a decade in prison at his sentencing in january.
according to court records, a labor company named haba corporate services, owned by ramirez, arranged for trafficked immigrants to work with #trilliumfarms, where they were physically threatened and forced to live in horrible conditions.
trillium reportedly paid haba $6 million for the #immigrantworkers, who were promised that they would be provided with jobs and education when they got to the states. some of the workers were as young as 14 years old.
according to prosecutors, ramirez was aware that these workers were children and he also knew about the conditions and abuse that these children were exposed to. when the farm was eventually raided, federal agents found nearly 40 workers on the site.
reported earlier this year, some of the workers at this farm were among 1,500 immigrant children that were “lost” by us border officials.
during a subcomitte hearing on the investigation, senator rob portman said that us agencies were responsible for these children ending up in the hands of traffickers. “it is intolerable that human trafficking — #moderndayslavery
— could occur in our own backyard. what makes the marion cases even more alarming is that a u.s. government agency was responsible for delivering some of the victims into the hands of their abusers,” portman said after learning of the case. “whatever your views on immigration policy, everyone can agree that the administration has a responsibility to ensure the safety of the migrant kids that have entered government custody until their immigration court date,” portman said.
in 2016, an ap investigation found that more than two dozen children had been sent to homes where they were sexually assaulted, starved or forced to work for little or no pay. 🖐🏾more @freedom_fa