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California Couple Arrested, Allegedly Had 12-Year-Old Sex Slave

Couple arrested for human trafficking

Oceanside, CA — An Oceanside, California, couple has been arrested on suspicion of keeping an underage Mexican immigrant as a sex slave.

Forty-five-year-old Marcial Garcia Hernandez and 43-year-old Inez Martinez Garcia were arrested Thursday on suspicion of 13 felony counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child under the age of 14.

Officials from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said the girl, whose name was not released, was smuggled into the country from Mexico when she was 12 years old. The alleged abuse took place over a 21-month period.

Hernandez and Martinez forced the girl to take care of their three children and have sex with Hernandez. They beat her when she refused, Deputy G. Crysler, an investigator with the North County Human Trafficking Task Force, said.

“When the girl victim refused to participate in the sex acts or did not complete her tasks in a timely or correct manner, she was beaten,” he said.

The young girl was also forced to lie about her age in order to work in a local restaurant, as well as to have sex with older men as a prostitute. Garcia and Hernandez kept her income, arrest documents said.

The victim, now an adult, has since reunited with her family in Mexico, but came back to the United States to assist in the criminal investigation.

She said she was brought to the US with the promise of a better life and education. She was eventually placed in protective custody after she was allegedly beaten by the couple and police were called.

Garcia and Hernandez are being held at the Vista Detention Facility on immigration hold. They are due in court for arraignment at 1:30 pm Monday.

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3 Responses to “California Couple Arrested, Allegedly Had 12-Year-Old Sex Slave”

  1. Andrew Thomas Regan

    More lovely immigrants and Obama will give them citizenship. Disgusting.

  2. Tóireasa Purviance Meehan

    The VICTIM of the crime was the "immigrant". It says NOTHING about the criminals being immigrants! Just because their names are Hispanic does NOT mean they (and their ancestors) have not been "American" far longer than YOU (and YOUR ancestors who judging by your last name IMMIGRATED from IRELAND). What these people did was vile and disgusting, but their (or their ancestors') "immigrant" status has NO bearing on it any more than YOUR (or your ancestors') "immigrant" status has any bearing on any crime YOU commit.

  3. Urrea Zatarain Samuel

    Tóireasa Purviance Meehan I totally agree with you, and i have something to say.

    Countries and borders are an invention of mankind, every human is born free and should be free to move every place in the world he/she wants.

    We are born terrans, i do not consider myself anything but that, if there was an alien looking at us from space he'd probably be laughing at the fact that we fight and hate each other for trivialities such as the way we look or the place we were born, we would all look the same to them and our birthplace would be nonsense for them.

    It's like an ant colony on a tree fighting and hating each other cause one part of them are in the north side of the tree and the other one in the south side that is how ridiculous we look, but no one seems to notice it.

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