Odessa man arrested at Florida-Alabama border for human trafficking
An Odessa man was arrested Wednesday, Dec. 30, at the Florida-Alabama border for attempting to smuggle two Guatemalan boys into the United States for forced labor.
According to AL.com, Frank Moreno, 39, of Odessa, and Jackson Perez-Godinez, 21, face two counts of engaging in human trafficking for labor or servitude on a child under 18 years old. They are being held in the Santa Rosa County jail with a bond of $1.1 million each.
Moreno and Perez-Godinez were pulled over by a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office deputy on I-10 in Florida to discuss a moving violation. The deputy spotted signs of human trafficking and called the Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents to investigate. The deputies and agents then discovered the two children, ages 14 and 17, who had been smuggled into the country through Mexico.
According to the FDLE, the victims and their families, “Each paid more than $1,000 to be smuggled into America. Each teen was told they had to work to pay off additional travel debt.”
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