In Florida, eight women were rescued by law enforcement last week after being forced into sex trafficking to pay off their smuggling debts.
Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the smuggling and sex trafficking operation.
"Maqueira De La Cal, through threats of violence, then forced the women into sex trafficking and working in adult entertainment clubs to pay off the debts incurred through the transport into the U.S.," states a press release from Moody's office.
"The traffickers told the victims they owed $60,000 each, withheld the women’s IDs and other documents, and forced the victims to live in close quarters under the traffickers’ control."
The investigation was undertaken by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office after one of the women called its human trafficking hotline.
A stolen firearm was recovered at one of the apartments, along with cash and different forms of identification.
Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said he feared the women were in mortal danger.
Maqueira De La Cal, 35, and the second suspect, Rosalia Leonard Garcia, 29, are both facing 47 counts, including human trafficking and false imprisonment charges. The two will be prosecuted by Moody's office.
The rescued women are receiving counseling and other resources, according to Moody's office.
“These horrific acts of sex trafficking are among the most depraved crimes we have seen in a long time and highlight how criminals are taking advantage of Biden’s open border to advance their illicit trade," Moody said in the release.
Roy Boyd, sheriff for Texas's Goliad County, said the illegal immigrant crisis is feeding a new slave class in the United States.
“I actually have a letter from a sex slave house out of Rockport [Texas] from a search warrant I ran some years ago that articulates it,” Boyd told The Epoch Times in a previous interview. “It takes eight to 13 years to buy your freedom once you come into the United States.”
In Texas, Houston is the first major destination for many illegal aliens once they get across the border.
“Once they get to Houston, where they think they’re going to be shipped out to their families, they’re not,” Boyd said. “In reality, what happens is once they get to Houston, they’re then told that they owe another $5,000, $10,000, depending on where they’re from and how much money is invested in them. And they have to work that debt off.”
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