Both immigrated from Mexico and are legal permanent residents of the United States.
“There have been some real bad cases, but this is one of the worst cases we’ve had,” said Sgt. “This was so important because there are so many victims and nothing gets done.” The victim, now an adult, came forward two and a half years ago with details of the abuses she suffered after she was smuggled into the country.
Among the Civil Rights Unit’s priorities is its human trafficking program, based on the passage of the 13th Amendment to the U. Constitution, which provided that “neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.”Under the human trafficking program, the Bureau investigates matters where a person was induced to engage in commercial sex acts through force, fraud, or coercion, or to perform any labor or service through force, coercion, or threat of law or legal process.
The majority of human trafficking victims in our cases are U. citizens, and we take a victim-centered approach in investigating such cases, which means that ensuring the needs of the victims take precedence over all other considerations.
Here in this country, people are being bought, sold, and smuggled like modern-day slaves, often beaten, starved, and forced to work as prostitutes or to take jobs as migrant, domestic, restaurant, or factory workers with little or no pay.
That coalition includes the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, Oceanside police and Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations team.
Inez Martinez Garcia, 43, and her husband, Marcial Garcia Hernandez, 45, were booked on 13 felony counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child under age 14, the sheriff’s department.