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CASE NAME:United States v. Elizabeth P. Castaneda
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Elizabeth P. Castaneda
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DOCKET NUMBER:No. CR-97-00038-01
SOURCE:Lexis Search
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TRIAL JUDGE(S):Hon. Alex R. Munson
YEAR OF ARREST:1997
YEAR OF VERDICT:2000
TYPE OF COURT:Federal Court
STATE:Northern Mariana Islands
FEDERAL DISTRICT:District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:3 +
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:The Philippines
METHOD OF ENTRY INTO THE U.S.:Unknown
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NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):1
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Labor and Sex
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Strip Club, Massage Parlor, Nightclub Industry
FIRST CHARGE:Transportation of persons for illegal sexual activity
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APPEAL:Yes
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APPELLATE OPINION CITATION:239 F.3d 978 (2003)
HOLDING OF APPEALS COURT:Vacate
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SUMMARY:

In July 1997, Defendant Castaneda recruited three women from the Phillippines to work as waitresses in a nightclub which defendant co-owned in Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.  The women signed one-year contracts to work for $3.05 per hour. Defendant charged the women a one-time placement fee of approximately $500.

According to the plea agreement signed by the defendant, at the nightclub the women were forced to accompany male clients to VIP rooms. There, the male clients groped the women. The women objected to this treatment, but the defendant refused to address their complaints.

Defendant pleaded guilty to one count of transportation of persons for illegal sexual activity.

The appellate court vacated and remanded for resentencing based on the district court’s application of sentencing enhancements.

Approval Status:Approved
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