ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Human Smuggling/Trafficking https://www.ice.gov/ ICE Headline News Feed by Category en Copyright 2020 Thu, 22 Apr 2021 08:22:22 -0400 Illinois woman sentenced to prison on federal labor trafficking charge https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/illinois-woman-sentenced-prison-federal-labor-trafficking-charge Concepcion Malinek, 50, of Cicero, Illinois, pleaded guilty last year to one count of labor trafficking. For the crime, she was sentenced to 78 months in prison and ordered to pay $112,545 in restitution to the victims. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/illinois-woman-sentenced-prison-federal-labor-trafficking-charge Mon, 04/19/2021 - 14:42 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Human Smuggling/Trafficking Central Texas man indicted for transporting 8 noncitizens who died in vehicle crash https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/central-texas-man-indicted-transporting-8-noncitizens-who-died-vehicle-crash Sebastian Tovar, 24, was indicted on multiple counts, which included conspiracy to transport noncitizens resulting in death and conspiracy to transport noncitizens resulting in serious bodily injury. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/central-texas-man-indicted-transporting-8-noncitizens-who-died-vehicle-crash Wed, 04/14/2021 - 09:53 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Human Smuggling/Trafficking Texas man pleads guilty to conspiring to transport more than 100 noncitizens in a tractor trailer https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/texas-man-pleads-guilty-conspiring-transport-more-100-noncitizens-tractor-trailer Brodrick Keith Rhodes, 32, from Houston, entered a guilty plea in U.S. District Court. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/texas-man-pleads-guilty-conspiring-transport-more-100-noncitizens-tractor-trailer Wed, 04/07/2021 - 10:01 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Human Smuggling/Trafficking HSI Laredo probe results in more than 5-year sentence of convicted felon for harboring noncitizens, possessing firearm https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-laredo-probe-results-more-5-year-sentence-convicted-felon-harboring-noncitizens Noe Garza, 46, from Edinburg, Texas, was sentenced March 24 in U.S. district court to 63 months in federal prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. Garza pleaded guilty Nov. 2, 2020. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-laredo-probe-results-more-5-year-sentence-convicted-felon-harboring-noncitizens Wed, 03/24/2021 - 12:04 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Human Smuggling/Trafficking Austin man charged in connection to the deaths of 8 undocumented immigrants https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/austin-man-charged-connection-deaths-8-undocumented-immigrants On March 17, Sebastian Tovar, 24, from Austin appeared in federal court and was charged for his role in a conspiracy to transport undocumented immigrants resulting in death. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/austin-man-charged-connection-deaths-8-undocumented-immigrants Wed, 03/17/2021 - 13:09 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Human Smuggling/Trafficking Joint human trafficking operation results in 5 arrests https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/joint-human-trafficking-operation-results-5-arrests The five men were booked into the Obion County Jail in Union City on state charges, where a $10,000 bond was set for each. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/joint-human-trafficking-operation-results-5-arrests Tue, 03/09/2021 - 16:28 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Human Smuggling/Trafficking ICE HSI-led investigation results in South Texas grand jury indicting Houston man for smuggling 119 undocumented immigrants https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-led-investigation-results-south-texas-grand-jury-indicting-houston-man On Feb. 9, a Laredo grand jury returned an indictment against Brodrick Keith Rhodes, 32, from Houston, charging him with conspiracy to transport undocumented immigrants. Rhodes is expected to appear before a U.S. magistrate judge in the near future. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-led-investigation-results-south-texas-grand-jury-indicting-houston-man Tue, 02/09/2021 - 15:09 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Human Smuggling/Trafficking ICE HSI Dallas led investigation results in Denton man receiving 15 year sentence for trafficking a 17-year old https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-dallas-led-investigation-results-denton-man-receiving-15-year-sentence William Adam Jonathan Smith, 31, was found guilty by a federal jury. He was convicted of one count of Conspiracy to Commit Sex Trafficking of a Minor and one count of Sex Trafficking of a Minor. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-dallas-led-investigation-results-denton-man-receiving-15-year-sentence Wed, 02/03/2021 - 07:10 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Human Smuggling/Trafficking ICE HSI investigation results in the sentencing of Bandidos gang member for transporting undocumented immigrants and obstructing justice https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-investigation-results-sentencing-bandidos-gang-member-transporting On Feb. 2, 2021, Benito Lopez III, 53, from Los Ebanos appeared before U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez who sentenced him to 82 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-investigation-results-sentencing-bandidos-gang-member-transporting Tue, 02/02/2021 - 10:12 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Human Smuggling/Trafficking ICE HSI Dallas arrests man for trafficking a 14-year old https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-dallas-arrests-man-trafficking-14-year-old An investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Dallas and the North Texas Trafficking Task Force led to the arrest of a 33-year-old Dallas man for human trafficking. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-dallas-arrests-man-trafficking-14-year-old Fri, 01/29/2021 - 18:43 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Human Smuggling/Trafficking Arizona sex trafficker sentenced to 10 years in prison https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/arizona-sex-trafficker-sentenced-10-years-prison Louis Broadway-Phillips, 27, pleaded guilty to Illegal Control of an Enterprise, Attempt to Commit Sex Trafficking of a Minor, Sex Trafficking, Tampering with a Witness and Influencing a Witness. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/arizona-sex-trafficker-sentenced-10-years-prison Mon, 01/25/2021 - 14:59 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Human Smuggling/Trafficking During National Human Trafficking Awareness Month ICE emphasizes the significance of confronting the global issue https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/during-national-human-trafficking-awareness-month-ice-emphasizes-significance U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) joins the nation in honoring National Human Trafficking Awareness Month to bring attention to the international crime and the work of law enforcement to deter human trafficking, bring traffickers to justice and to assist victims. Human trafficking centers on exploitation and is considered a form of modern slavery. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/during-national-human-trafficking-awareness-month-ice-emphasizes-significance Mon, 01/11/2021 - 15:49 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Human Smuggling/Trafficking 2 arrested for human smuggling conspiracy and defrauding US government agencies https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/2-arrested-human-smuggling-conspiracy-and-defrauding-us-government-agencies A six-count indictment was unsealed in the Eastern District of New York (EDNY) Thursday charging Dat Tat Ho and Manh Ngoc Nguyen with conspiring to defraud U.S. government agencies and alien smuggling for financial gain, and related crimes. The defendants allegedly smuggled Vietnamese aliens into the United States to work for illegally low wages at hair and nail salons in New York City and on Long Island. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/2-arrested-human-smuggling-conspiracy-and-defrauding-us-government-agencies Fri, 12/11/2020 - 17:27 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Human Smuggling/Trafficking ICE assists Brazil in the arrests of 10 human smugglers https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-assists-brazil-arrests-10-human-smugglers Operation Tree of Lies and Operation Cai Cai is a joint effort by the Government of Brazil and DHS to combat human smuggling and identity fraud cells that exploit the immigration systems of the U.S. and Brazil by organizing and facilitating the travel of Brazilians posing as family units utilizing legitimate and/or illegitimate travel documents to the U.S. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-assists-brazil-arrests-10-human-smugglers Wed, 12/09/2020 - 14:16 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Human Smuggling/Trafficking Human smuggling conviction following ICE investigation into deadly crash https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/human-smuggling-conviction-following-ice-investigation-deadly-crash This week, David Valadez, 27, from Laredo is expected to appear before a U.S. magistrate judge to be formally charged for conspiring to transport an illegal alien resulting in death. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/human-smuggling-conviction-following-ice-investigation-deadly-crash Fri, 12/04/2020 - 10:18 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Human Smuggling/Trafficking DHS launches new center for countering human trafficking https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/dhs-launches-new-center-countering-human-trafficking The center will be staffed with law enforcement officials from HSI and across DHS, as well as subject matter experts and support staff from 16 DHS components — all focused on the “4 Ps” of the center’s mission: prevention, protection, prosecution and partnerships. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/dhs-launches-new-center-countering-human-trafficking Tue, 10/20/2020 - 13:42 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Human Smuggling/Trafficking ICE, Brazil Federal Police partnership lead to arrest of human smuggler https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-brazil-federal-police-partnership-lead-arrest-human-smuggler This is a joint Government of Brazil-ICE investigation with significant support from the ICE Biometric Identification Transnational Migration Alert Program (BITMAP) program and Interpol Brasilia. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-brazil-federal-police-partnership-lead-arrest-human-smuggler Mon, 10/19/2020 - 14:36 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Human Smuggling/Trafficking Suburban Chicago couple charged with child labor trafficking https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/suburban-chicago-couple-charged-child-labor-trafficking Santos Teodoro AC-Salazar, 23, and Olga Choc Laj, 30, both of Aurora, Illinois, are charged with using force, threats of force and threatening abuse of the law and legal process in order to force the minor female to comply. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/suburban-chicago-couple-charged-child-labor-trafficking Thu, 10/08/2020 - 14:59 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Human Smuggling/Trafficking ICE, local law enforcement agencies announce results of operation targeting sex trafficking https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-local-law-enforcement-agencies-announce-results-operation-targeting-sex The operation dubbed “Operation Patriot” targeted sex trafficking organizations and sex buyers from Sept. 9 – 16. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-local-law-enforcement-agencies-announce-results-operation-targeting-sex Wed, 10/07/2020 - 15:05 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Human Smuggling/Trafficking Southeast Texas businessman sentenced to life in prison for sex trafficking young girl following ICE investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/southeast-texas-businessman-sentenced-life-prison-sex-trafficking-young-girl David Keith Wills, 68, a previous resident of Rockport and South Padre Island, was sentenced to life in federal prison and was ordered to pay $172,000 in restitution to the victim along with $85,000 in fines for multiple counts of sex trafficking, enticement of a child and conspiring to obstruct justice. A federal jury convicted Wills, the founder and part owner of Global Blue Technologies, Oct. 8, 2019. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/southeast-texas-businessman-sentenced-life-prison-sex-trafficking-young-girl Tue, 09/22/2020 - 17:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Human Smuggling/Trafficking Sex trafficker sentenced to more than 15 years after joint ICE, federal and local investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/sex-trafficker-sentenced-more-15-years-after-joint-ice-federal-and-local William Coleman, 49, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni to 186 months in prison and five years of supervised release. In February 2020, Coleman pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and nine counts of sex trafficking. Coleman has been in custody since his arrest Dec. 23, 2018. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/sex-trafficker-sentenced-more-15-years-after-joint-ice-federal-and-local Mon, 09/21/2020 - 13:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Human Smuggling/Trafficking ICE, Brazil Federal Police arrest alleged leader of major human smuggling organization https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-brazil-federal-police-arrest-alleged-leader-major-human-smuggling-organization The alleged leader of a major human smuggling organization that had smuggled individuals from the Middle East (primarily Iran) into South America, the United States, Canada and Europe was arrested Saturday. ICE provided significant assistance to the Brazil Federal Police to arrest Reza Sahami, a dual citizen of Canada and Iran, on human smuggling charges. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-brazil-federal-police-arrest-alleged-leader-major-human-smuggling-organization Thu, 09/10/2020 - 13:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Human Smuggling/Trafficking Suspected international alien smuggler extradited to the US from Romania https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/suspected-international-alien-smuggler-extradited-us-romania Popescu was arrested in Bucharest, Romania, by Romanian law enforcement officials August 14 at the request of the United States and was extradited to the United States Saturday, August 15. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/suspected-international-alien-smuggler-extradited-us-romania Wed, 08/19/2020 - 16:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Human Smuggling/Trafficking 3 arrested for separate schemes to harass, threaten, intimidate and bribe alleged R. Kelly victims https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/3-arrested-separate-schemes-harass-threaten-intimidate-and-bribe-alleged-r-kelly Three separate criminal complaints were unsealed Tuesday in federal court charging defendants Richard Arline, Jr., Donnell Russell and Michael Williams, respectively, with crimes relating to their efforts to harass, intimidate, threaten or corruptly influence individuals named as alleged victims in the racketeering case against Kelly, currently pending in the Eastern District of New York (the Kelly case). https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/3-arrested-separate-schemes-harass-threaten-intimidate-and-bribe-alleged-r-kelly Tue, 08/11/2020 - 12:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Human Smuggling/Trafficking Sex traffickers sentenced to combined 81 years in prison https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/sex-traffickers-sentenced-combined-81-years-prison From April 2018 through Jan. 14, 2019, five of the defendants sex trafficked a minor victim throughout Virginia and Maryland. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/sex-traffickers-sentenced-combined-81-years-prison Wed, 07/29/2020 - 12:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Human Smuggling/Trafficking