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CASE NAME:United States v. Fermin Pedro Ramos-Ramos
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Fermin Pedro Ramos-Ramos (aka Pedro Ramos), Laurie Ann Ramos
CITATION:
DOCKET NUMBER:1:07-CR-08
SOURCE:Bloomberg, Lexis Search, News Article
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
RELATED CASE CITATION:Chao v. Ramos 1:06-cv-00367-HWB
TYPE OF TRIAL:
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Hon. Robert Holmes Bell
YEAR OF ARREST:2007
YEAR OF VERDICT:2007
TYPE OF COURT:Federal Court
STATE:Michigan
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Western District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:1
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Mexico
METHOD OF ENTRY INTO THE U.S.:Undocumented
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:Domestic Servant
FIRST CHARGE:Transporting, Harboring, and Enticing Entry of Illegal Alien
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:8 U.S.C. § 1324
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
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SECOND CHARGE:Involuntary servitude
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION: 18 U.S.C. § 1584
SECOND CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Withdrawn
SECOND CHARGE SENTENCE:
THIRD CHARGE:Forced labor
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1589
THIRD CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Withdrawn
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FOURTH CHARGE:Trafficking into forced labor
FOURTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1590
FOURTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Withdrawn
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FIFTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Unknown
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CORE TERMS:8 U.S.C. § 1324; 18 U.S.C. § 1589; 18 U.S.C. § 1584; 18 U.S.C. § 1590; 18 U.S.C. §§ 2246; 18 U.S.C. § 2241.
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:18 months, followed by deportation
RESTITUTION REQUIRED:$26,821
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SUMMARY:

The defendants, husband and wife Fermin Pedro Ramos-Ramos and Laurie Ann Ramos, held a young woman in a state of involuntary servitude in their Detroit area home.The victim was forced to work, without pay, as housekeeper. The defendants recruited and transported the victim from Mexico.  Fermin Pedro Ramos-Ramos and his wife used threats and physical violence to control of the victim. Defendants also confiscated the victims’ identity documents and threatened that the police would arrest her if she was found.

The defendants were charged with human trafficking related crimes, including forced labor and harboring an illegal alien. Defendant Fermin Pedro Ramos-Ramos was also indicted for aggravated sexual abuse. In June 2007, Fermin Pedro Ramos-Ramos pleaded guilty to harboring and transporting an illegal alien, and was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment, followed by deportation. Laurie Ann Ramos pleaded guilty to harboring an illegal alien and was sentenced to one year probation. Fermin Pedro Ramos-Ramos was also order to pay the victim $26,820 in back wages and liquidated damages.

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