The Navarrete case about which I blogged nine months ago saw some resolution today.
Per The Miami Herald, Cesar Navarrete, Geovanni Navarrete, Villhina Navarrete, Ismael Michael Navarrete and Antonio Zuniga Vargas have pleaded guilty to charges of slavery and forced labor of Mexican and Guatemalan nationals.
All five defendants pleaded guilty to harboring undocumented foreign nationals for private financial gain and identity theft. What’s more, Cesar and Geovanni Navarrete have pleaded guilty to beating, threatening, restraining and locking workers in trucks to force them to work for them as agricultural laborers. Cesar Navarrete also pleaded guilty to re-entering the U.S. after being convicted of a felony and deported, and Ismael Navarrete also pleaded guilty to document fraud.
Cesar and Geovanni Navarrete face up to 35 and 25 years in prison, respectively. The other defendants face a range of 10-25 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for various dates through the fall and winter of this year.
“In this case, we are given yet another example of how human trafficking of all kinds victimizes vulnerable human beings,” said Grace Chung Becker, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. “The Justice Department is committed to vigorously prosecuting those who engage in this criminal conduct.”
More information available at People’s Weekly World.