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CASE NAME:United States v. Sophia Manuel
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Sophia Manuel, Alfonso Baldonado Jr.
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TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Jury
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YEAR OF ARREST:2010
YEAR OF VERDICT:2010
TYPE OF COURT:Federal Court
STATE:Florida
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Southern District Court
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NUMBER OF VICTIMS:39
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VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Phillipines
METHOD OF ENTRY INTO THE U.S.:H-2B visa
WAS VICTIM CHARGED WITH A CRIME:No
NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):2
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female and Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Labor
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Hotel Industry
FIRST CHARGE:Conspiracy to hold 39 Filipino nationals in compelled service
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FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
FIRST CHARGE SENTENCE:51 months
SECOND CHARGE:Making false statements to Department of Labor in order to obtain foreign labor certifications and visas under the federal H2B guest worker program
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:78 months
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SUMMARY:Sophia Manuel and Alfonso Baldonado Jr. pled guilty to conspiring to hold 39 Filipino nationals in compelled service. Defendants made false promises to the victims to entice them to incur debts, allowing the defendants to compel the victims' labor by threatening to have the workers arrested and deported. Defendants confiscated the victims' passports upon arrival to Florida, provided them with substandard housing and minimal food, and forced them to work at country clubs and hotels with little to no pay. The victims were prevented from leaving the premises without permission and an escort. Manuel was sentenced to 78 months and Baldonado to 51 months in prison.
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