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CASE NAME:United States v. Lucilene Felipe Dos Santos
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Lucilene Felipe Dos Santos, Viviane Christina Chagas, Jurani Felipe Pinto
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DOCKET NUMBER:No. 1:05-CR-613-TWT
SOURCE:Bloomberg, DOJ/US Attorney Website or Press Release, Lexis Search
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TRIAL JUDGE(S):Thomas W. Thrash, Jr.
YEAR OF ARREST:2005
YEAR OF VERDICT:2009
TYPE OF COURT:Federal
STATE:Georgia
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Northern District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:4 +
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Brazil
METHOD OF ENTRY INTO THE U.S.:Undocumented
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NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):3
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Sex
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution
FIRST CHARGE:Bringing in And Harboring Aliens
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:8 USC § 1324(a)(1)(A0(iii)
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
FIRST CHARGE SENTENCE:12 Months and 1 day, 36 months supervised release
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CORE TERMS:Alien smuggling for purposes of prostitution; forced labor; alien harboring.
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:12 Months and 1 day, 36 months supervised release
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SUMMARY:Defendants, all Brazilian nationals living in Dunwoody, Georgia, were part of a sex trafficking scheme. They smuggled four young Brazilian women into the United States through Mexico in exchange for high fees (several thousand dollars in some cases). The women were promised legitimate jobs in the US such as working in sales, as maids, or as waitresses. However, once they arrived in the United States, the women were forced to prostitute themselves in Sandy Springs, Georgia. Defendant Dos Santos threatened to tell the victim's families that they were prostitutes. The women lived in various apartments, at least one of which functioned as a house of prostitution. Defendants' retained half of the victim's proceeds from prostitution.
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