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Feds: Florida woman paid to Mexican coyotes to smuggle woman into the U.S. as pregnancy surrogate, forced laborer

March 29, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Feds: Florida woman paid to Mexican coyotes to smuggle woman into the U.S. as pregnancy surrogate, forced laborer

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Federal prosecutors say a 47-year-old Florida woman pleaded guilty to charges of forced labor and confessed to paying roughly $3,000 to have a Mexican woman smuggled across the border into the U.S. to be a pregnancy surrogate.

Acting U.S. Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow indicated Esthela Clark is facing a maximum of 20 years behind bars as a result of her guilty plea.

Clark was charged in 2015 with smuggling and harboring undocumented immigrants, child sex trafficking, forced labor and furthering slave trafficking, ClickOrlando.com reported.

Her attorney petitioned a competency hearing, and it was determined that she was competent for prosecution.

Esthela Clark, 47, (above) faces 20 years in jail for her abuse of the young mother between 2012 and 2015

The plea agreement revealed that Clark paid so-called coyotes to smuggle a woman into the U.S. Prosecutors said that the woman promised her victim as pregnancy surrogate, she would be medically managed as a but she instead made the woman do domestic labor through physical and psychological abuse.

Court documents also indicate that Clark attempted to impregnate the victim using syringes that held Clark’s boyfriend’s sperm that she had gotten from used condoms.

“Once those efforts did not work, Clark made Y.L. have sex with two strangers through force and coercion,” court documents stated.

Clark gathered semen from condoms after having sex with her boyfriend Rolando Castellanas (right), transferred it into syringes and tried to inseminate the woman

Prosecutors said Clark separated the woman from her relatives and limited her to a diet consisting of nothing but beans, which resulted in a 65-pound weight loss.

Prosecutors said the abuse spanned two years until someone the victim knew through Celebration Church saw her “washing cars in cold weather with insufficient clothing and found (that) behavior to be strange.” That individual also noticed signs of physical abuse and called the police.

This case was spearheaded by Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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