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CASE NAME:United States v. Delicia Suyapa Aguilar-Galindo
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Delicia Suyapa Aguilar-Galindo, Dino Antonio Molina, Maria De Los Angeles Galindo-Carrasco, Ena Susana Aguilar-Galindo, Marco Antonio Sanchez, Steven Flores, Roger Galindo-Zepeda, Marlene de Jesus Aguilar-Galindo and Maria Isabel Cruz.
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DOCKET NUMBER:4:02-CR-114-1-A
SOURCE:Lexis Search, News Article
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Jury
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Hon. John McBryde
YEAR OF ARREST:2002
YEAR OF VERDICT:2002
TYPE OF COURT:Federal Court
STATE:Texas
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Northern District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:25 +
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Honduras
METHOD OF ENTRY INTO THE U.S.:Undocumented
WAS VICTIM CHARGED WITH A CRIME:No
NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):9
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female and Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Labor
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution, Restaurant/Bar Industry
FIRST CHARGE:Conspiracy to smuggle, transport, and harbor illegal aliens
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:63 months
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APPEAL:Yes
EXPLANATION OF APPEAL:Appealed Sentence
APPELLATE OPINION CITATION:82 Fed. Appx. 977 (5th Cir. 2003)
HOLDING OF APPEALS COURT:Affirm
APPEAL STILL PENDING?:No
SUMMARY:

Defendants trafficked more than 30 young women, some of them under the age of 18, from Honduras into the United States to work in bars owned by defendants. The defendants lured the victims to the United States with promises of employment in restaurants and as domestic help. After being smuggled into the country under horrendous conditions, the women were forced to work at nightclubs to pay off significant debts to their smugglers. According to media reports, federal investigators testified that several victims were forced into prostitution, but defendants were not indicted on charges related to sex trafficking.

After pleading guilty, three defendants challenged sentencing enhancements imposed by the district court.  The appellate court upheld all three sentences.

Three of the indicted defendants are still at large in Honduras:  Roger Galindo-Zepeda, Marlene de Jesus Aguilar-Galindo and Maria Isabel Cruz.

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