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CASE NAME:United States v. Armando Soto-Huarto
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Armando Soto-Huarto, Juan Carlos Soto, Jose Corona-Soto, Martin Cortez-Guiterrez, Javier Olvera-Hernandez, Jose-Luis Villa-Zavala, Jose Angel-Pineda-Cortez, Hector Soto
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DOCKET NUMBER:7:03cr341
SOURCE:DOJ/US Attorney Website or Press Release, Lexis Search
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
RELATED CASE CITATION:242 Fed. Appx. 984
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TRIAL JUDGE(S):Randy Crane
YEAR OF ARREST:2003
YEAR OF VERDICT:2004
TYPE OF COURT:Federal
STATE:Texas
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Southern District Court
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NUMBER OF VICTIMS:15 +
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Mexico, Central America (including Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador)
METHOD OF ENTRY INTO THE U.S.:Undocumented
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NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):8
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Labor
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Domestic Servant
FIRST CHARGE:Alien Smuggling
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:8 USC § 1324
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
FIRST CHARGE SENTENCE:120 months, 36 months supervised release
SECOND CHARGE:Involuntary Servitude
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 USC § 1584
SECOND CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
SECOND CHARGE SENTENCE:280 months, 60 months supervised release
THIRD CHARGE:Human Trafficking
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 USC § 1590
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:280 months
RESTITUTION REQUIRED:$11,532
FINE IMPOSED:$100 special assessment
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SUMMARY:At least eight men were involved in this smuggling ring, but the eighth person charged, Hector Soto, was at large at the time of the sentencing of the other seven charged. Hector Soto was subsequently tried in a separate trial. The defendants plead guilty to confining women in alien smuggling "safe houses" in the Edinburg, Texas area near the US-Mexico border, where they raped the women repeatedly. The victims were young women from Mexico and Central America (including Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador) and were held in those houses against their will and forced to do work for free. The women were held against their will until their "debt" to the organization, incurred largely from their smuggling fees, was repaid. It was the victim's family who were to pay the debt or the victims' themselves through forced labor, which included cooking, cleaning and submitting to the sexual demands of the smugglers. Defendant Juan Carlos Soto would brandish a handgun, use force and threats of physical violence to hold the women in the houses. The captors punished efforts to escape or seek help through further violent and sexual abuse, and did not allow the women to tell anyone about their circumstances. The 23 year sentence imposed was, at the time, the longest sentence ever received under the TVPA.
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