Miguel Rugerio better be a tough cat. Young men who go to prision have to be. In general, they have two choices: Fight, or become a bitch. I don't think I have to tell you what being a bitch means in an all male prison.
Unfortunately, there was a bit of a communication gap between what the Mexican girls had in mind for work, and what Miguel had in mind. The Mexican youths thought they were going to the U.S. to live the Amercian dream. Even the poorest home in the U.S. can look like a palace to some impovrished Mexians. The girls thought there would be a chance at a job, a chance to save money, to send it home to help out the family and a chance to start a family of thier own. The girls were freed in 2009.
“Human traffickers trick, lie and coerce young women into this country with the promise that they will have their freedom, and work a legitimate job," said acting U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. Read more about the original plea
Meanwhile, instead of living in an upwardly mobile household, the girls were forced to live with others in "Repulsive living conditions" according to Sally Quillian Yates, Acting United States Attorney.
There were at least 5 girls who fell for Miguel of Miguel Rugerio's promises.
“Few crimes are more repugnant than sex trafficking helpless and innocent victims,” said Kenneth Smith, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Immigration and Customs (ICE) Enforcement Office of Investigations in Atlanta. “This sentencing is gratifying given the horrible conditions the victims in this case were forced to endure.""The sentence is gratifying given the horrible conditions the victims were forced to endure"
According to the FBI press release, Rugrerio admitted in his plea that from July 2006 to August 2008, he conspired with others to use force, fraud and coercion to cause approximately five female victims to come to the Atlanta area from Mexico and to engage in prostitution for the financial benefit of the members of the alleged conspiracy.
Rugerio, 28, a Mexican national, was sentenced to federal prison today by United States District Judge Clarence Cooper on charges of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and related immigration offenses, and of transporting one of the victims of the conspiracy, a young Mexican woman identified as “N.M.,” in interstate and foreign commerce for purposes of prostitution.
We advocate fair immigration laws for those who are willing to come to the US and work towards a better life. Such immigration policy should include a practical way for those seeking jobs to cross the border. It should include a way for those who are alrady here to stay here. It should provide a way for the children of undocumented workers the chance to go to school and improve themselves.
"Aggressive investigation and prosecution will go a long ways"One thing our dream does not include is luring innocent women across the border on promise of good paying jobs and a better way of life when the real plan is to enslave the young ladies in a sex business. Rational reform will solve a lot of these problems. Aggressive investigation and prosecution will go a long ways, as well. Sally Quillian Yates and Charysse L. Alexander, Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney ask for information on this and other sex trafficking cases. You can talk to them at (404)-581-6016. All photos are from Google Images.
For further information please contact Sally Quillian Yates, Acting United States Attorney, or Charysse L. Alexander, Executive Assistant United States Attorney, through Patrick Crosby, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Attorney's Office, at (404) 581-6016. You can contact them from this page.