Three people, two men and a woman, have been arrested after a 9-year-old was allegedly sold to human traffickers in Texas, according to KSAT-TV.
The boy was rescued Wednesday morning and the alleged trafficker, Manuel Monsivais, was taken into custody, along with 26-year-old Elida Kassandra Moreno and 26-year-old Nery Uriostegui Dominguez. The three are each facing 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.
Moreno is also facing “up to ten years in federal prison for bringing an illegal alien into the U.S. for-profit and up to five years in federal prison for making a false statement to a federal official upon conviction.”
According to KSAT, “The human trafficking scheme began when Moreno – an American citizen living in Piedras Negras, Mexico – was approached by a friend’s neighbor to allegedly take the boy to his family in San Antonio, the complaint said.
‘In exchange for $1,700, Moreno told HSI agents that she used her own son’s birth certificate to take him across the border through Eagle Pass, where she later rented a motel room.”