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  • 6 plead guilty to smuggling dozens of women.

    Six people pleaded guilty Wednesday to smuggling
    dozens
    of young Honduran women to Fort Worth to work at bars.

    U.S. District Judge John McBryde set their sentencing for Jan. 3.

    The plea bargains, negotiated late last week, avoided a trial that was
    scheduled to begin Monday.

    "We felt that a guilty plea that exposes the defendants to imprisonment
    of
    up to 10 years without parole was sufficient to achieve justice in this
    case," Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Roper told the Fort Worth
    Star-Telegram in a story for its online edition Wednesday.

    The leaders of the ring are members of the same family from Choluteca,
    Honduras: Dino Antonio Molina, his wife, Delicia Suyapa
    Aguilar-Galindo,
    also known as Guadalupe Molina; her sister, Ena Susana Aguilar-Galindo;
    and
    the women's mother, Maria de Los Angeles Galindo-Carrasco.

    All four pleaded guilty to conspiring to smuggle undocumented
    immigrants
    and harboring them to shield them from immigration authorities.

    Two others not related to the family, Steven Flores and Marco Antonio
    Sanchez, pleaded guilty to smuggling undocumented women to Fort Worth.
    Flores will face a maximum sentence of five years in prison; the others
    face up to 10 years.

    The plea agreements were reached four months after federal agents
    raided
    six bars and seven homes in Fort Worth on May 16 and detained 88
    people,
    mostly on suspicion of immigration violations.

    Authorities said more than 30 young women worked at nightclubs, forced
    to
    work off smuggling fees of up to $8,500 per person and additional debts
    for
    housing, food, clothing and transportation.

    In the weeks after the raids, investigators testified that some of the
    young women were forced into prostitution, but the 24-count indictment
    does
    not mention prostitution.

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    Six people pleaded guilty Wednesday to smuggling
    dozens
    of young Honduran women to Fort Worth to work at bars.

    U.S. District Judge John McBryde set their sentencing for Jan. 3.

    The plea bargains, negotiated late last week, avoided a trial that was
    scheduled to begin Monday.

    "We felt that a guilty plea that exposes the defendants to imprisonment
    of
    up to 10 years without parole was sufficient to achieve justice in this
    case," Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Roper told the Fort Worth
    Star-Telegram in a story for its online edition Wednesday.

    The leaders of the ring are members of the same family from Choluteca,
    Honduras: Dino Antonio Molina, his wife, Delicia Suyapa
    Aguilar-Galindo,
    also known as Guadalupe Molina; her sister, Ena Susana Aguilar-Galindo;
    and
    the women's mother, Maria de Los Angeles Galindo-Carrasco.

    All four pleaded guilty to conspiring to smuggle undocumented
    immigrants
    and harboring them to shield them from immigration authorities.

    Two others not related to the family, Steven Flores and Marco Antonio
    Sanchez, pleaded guilty to smuggling undocumented women to Fort Worth.
    Flores will face a maximum sentence of five years in prison; the others
    face up to 10 years.

    The plea agreements were reached four months after federal agents
    raided
    six bars and seven homes in Fort Worth on May 16 and detained 88
    people,
    mostly on suspicion of immigration violations.

    Authorities said more than 30 young women worked at nightclubs, forced
    to
    work off smuggling fees of up to $8,500 per person and additional debts
    for
    housing, food, clothing and transportation.

    In the weeks after the raids, investigators testified that some of the
    young women were forced into prostitution, but the 24-count indictment
    does
    not mention prostitution.

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