15 April 2010

Florida Man Arrested for Human Trafficking

Teusday, Deputies arrested a Hillsborough man who investigators say was trafficking a disabled minor.

Because of a complaint in 2008, 25-year-old Mario Alberto Laguna-Guerrero is charged with coercing a developmentally challenged 16-year-old girl into having sex for money.

It is reported that Laguna-Guerrero brought the teen to various migrant worker camps in eastern Hillsborough County, charging men to sleep with her.

Authorities also say Laguna-Guerrero tried to get the teen to recruit her friends into his prostitution business.

This case was investigated by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and the Clearwater Area Task Force on Human Trafficking(CATFHT), a law enforcement and social services coalition to fight human trafficking in the Tampa Bay area.

According to CATFHT, Florida is one of the highest destination states for women and children trafficked into the United States.

Laguna-Guerrero's first appearence in federal court was Wednesday afternoon. After standing before Judge Pizzo, he ordered him to be held without bond. If convicted, Guerrero faces life in prison.