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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Texas bar owners sentenced for hiring illegal alien barmaids/prostitutes

By David Gibson
The Examiner
January 11th, 2011

On Monday, U.S. District Judge Randy Crane sentenced Tereso Olivo, 54, to 15 months in federal prison without parole and two years of supervised release on human smuggling charges.

In Spanish, Nancy Olivo, 43, then implored the judge: “I ask, your honor, to have leniency on me for the sake of my children. I know I was wrong.”

She was sentenced to two years of probation with six months of house arrest. An illegal alien herself, Olivo is scheduled for deportation proceedings after she serves her sentence.

Three months ago, the couple pleaded guilty to harboring illegal aliens who worked as barmaids and prostitutes at their bar (El Centenario) just outside Mission, Texas.

Last April, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission agents raided the bar, after receiving a tip that the couple was smuggling women and forcing them into prostitution.

According to investigators, at least eight illegal aliens worked at the bar, with three of them living at an apartment owned by the Olivos.

All of the illegal alien barmaids/prostitutes have been deported back to Mexico.

According to Jerry Robinette, the head of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement in South Texas, human trafficking for the purpose of prostitution is on the rise in the region.

In September, Beleal Garcia Gonzalez was found guilty on three counts of sex trafficking and conspiracy and six counts of harboring illegal aliens.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Gonzalez lured three Honduran minors here to work in his Mission bar, promising them waitress jobs at a salary of $700 a week.

However, upon arrival, the girls-- ages 14, 15, and 17--were forced to sit in the bar with older men, and have sex with them. Gonzalez then informed them that they would only be paid $120 a week for their services, and that each of them owed him $4,500 in smuggling fees.

The girls were forced to split their time between the Bar El Paraiso and a nearby stash house.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents found the teenagers walking home from the bar one morning in January 2010, wearing skimpy clothing, and took them into custody.

Thanks to an unprotected border, we now have prostitution rings engaging in kidnapping and human trafficking operating throughout the in U.S.

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