Illegal Mexican Immigrant Harbored in North Charleston, Captor Accepts Plea Deal and Immigrant Allowed to Return Home
Your South Carolina car accident attorneys read an interesting article in yesterday's Post and Courier that discusses an alleged illegal sex trade in North Charleston. After weeks of alleged force enslavement and months under federal supervision a 20-year-old immigrant from just outside Mexico City will soon be able to return home because authorities no longer her to testify against a North Charleston woman arrested in connection with a suspected human trafficking case. The reason the immigrant woman is longer needed to testify is because the 28-year-old North Charleston woman, also originally from Mexico, plead guilty to one of the four charges against her.
The 28-year-old woman admitted in federal court, on Tuesday, to harboring an illegal immigrant. However, she did not admit to receiving any financial gain from concealing the 20-year-old. She faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison, a $250,00 fine, and three years of supervised release. If she had admitted to receiving financial gain from the illegal immigrant, she could have faced twice the amount of time in prison. Her sentencing hearing has yet to be determined.
For admitting to the harboring an illegal immigrant charge, prosecutors will dismiss the charges of importing an alien for an immoral purpose, bringing in and harboring aliens, transporting for prostitution, and failing to file a factual statement about an alien. Each of these charges carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years, 3 years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.