News: Sisters Sentenced for Slave Labor

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Subject: News: Sisters Sentenced for Slave Labor
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Wed Jan 20 1999 - 14:05:42 EST


Sisters Sentenced for Slave Labor
Saturday, January 16, 1999

EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- A federal judge has sentenced two deaf-mute sisters
to eight years in prison for forcing a Mexican family into slave labor.

Teresa Lozano, 34, and Guadalupe Lozano, 27, were convicted in November of
conspiracy charges involving civil rights, alien smuggling and extortion,
plus two counts of involuntary servitude.

The sisters, who were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Harry Lee Hudspeth
on Friday, could have been given life terms.

Prosecutors said the pair lured four family members from Mexico in 1994
with promises of jobs, residency, and government benefits. Instead, the
victims, including two deaf-mute adults, were forced to beg for money and
sell trinkets, then turn over earnings of about $5,000 a month, prosecutors
said.

The victims also testified that the Lozano sisters beat them and took their
passports to keep them from escaping.

The immigration service began investigating the Lozanos early last year
after learning of the family's plight from the Mexican consulate, which had
received abuse complaints from relatives in Monterrey, Mexico.

Melanie Orhant

Co-Director
Human Trafficking Program
Global Survival Network

P.O. Box 73214
Washington, DC 20009
T: 387-0028
F: 387-2590
Email: morhant@igc.org
www.globalsurvival.net


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