1. Woman held another woman captive for two years and ‘tried to impregnate her with her boyfriend’s sperm’.
— News 6 WKMG (@news6wkmg) March 27, 2017
A Florida woman has pleaded guilty to keeping a Mexican woman captive for two years and trying to impregnate her with her boyfriend’s sperm, News 6 WKMG reports.
Esthela Clark, 47, pleaded guilty to a single count on forced labour when she appeared in federal court on Monday. She will be sentenced next month, and could face up to 20 years in prison.
According to court documents, Clark paid ‘coyotes’ US$3,000 to smuggle the 26-year-old victim – who has not been named – across the Mexican border in 2012.
The victim was then promised US$4,000 if she served as a surrogate for Clark and her boyfriend, under the premise the procedure would be overseen by medical professionals and that she would be able to return to her family after giving birth.
Instead, the woman was forced into manual labour, and was allegedly subjected to physical and psychological abuse at the hands of Clark.
It is alleged Clark attempted to impregnate the woman up to three times a day using syringes filled with her boyfriend’s sperm, which she had collected from used condoms. When she did not fall pregnant, the woman was forced to “have sex with two complete strangers through threats of force and coercion”, court documents said.
Throughout her ordeal, which lasted for two years, the woman lost almost 30kg after being fed a restricted diet of only beans. She was finally rescued when someone saw her “washing cars in very cold weather with insufficient clothing”.
Clark was indicted in 2015 on charges of bringing in and harbouring aliens, sex trafficking of children, forced labor and furthering slave traffic.
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