JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THIRD GUILTY PLEA

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THIRD GUILTY PLEA

WASHINGTON, D.C.-A third illegal alien pleaded guilty today to charges

of sex trafficking in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, Assistant

Attorney General for the Civil Rights R. Alexander Acosta and U.S. Attorney

for the District of New Jersey Christopher J. Christie announced today.

In January 2001, Domingo Gonzalez-Garcia smuggled his wife from Mexico into

the United States with the purpose of forcing her into prostitution.

Gonzalez-Garcia and his wife have been married for more than a decade and have

three children.

Human traffickers callously degrade and abuse their victims. Their crime is

an affront to human dignity and a serious violation of federal law – whether

the victim is a stranger or, as here, the defendants own wife. The Justice

Department is committed to vigorously prosecuting the full range of human

trafficking cases, said R. Alexander Acosta, Assistant Attorney General for

Civil Rights.

Last week, Gonzalez-Garcias brother, Evodio Gonzalez-Garcia, and nephew,

Oscar Romero-Gonzalez, pleaded guilty to similar charges. The pair admitted to

smuggling Romero-Gonzalezs wife into the United States, also for the purpose

of forcing her into prostitution.

Gonzalez-Garcia will be sentenced on April 20th, 2004. He faces a mandatory

minimum sentence of three-year imprisonment and a maximum sentence of ten

years imprisonment and $250,000 fine.

The case is being prosecuted jointly by U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey

and the Criminal Section of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.

The Justice Department has increased prosecutions of human trafficking cases

in recent years. Since 2001, the department has opened over 200 investigations

into human trafficking and prosecuted more than 100 defendants. In 2000,

federal prosecutors prosecuted 5 defendants.