Cuban human smuggler who trafficked in young Cuban girls as sex slaves receives 30-year prison term

As we mentioned when we first posted about this story back in November of last year, sometimes it does feel that the worst enemy a Cuban seeking freedom has is another Cuban.

David Neal reports in The Miami Herald:

Pimp gets 30 years for smuggling Cuban women in for sex
Silvio Clark Morales poses with one of his alleged victims in this Facebook photo. Courtesy of Univision 23

Once Silvio “Jander” Morales smuggled six women from Camaguey, Cuba into Miami, he shed any niceties like a moulting anaconda losing skin. Morales constricted the women into prostitution by mushrooming their debt, threatening their families’ lives and even threatening to feed one woman to alligators in the Everglades.

Morales virtually imprisoned the women in a Miami apartment complex. Friday, he learned he’ll be imprisoned 30 years in a federal facility after pleading guilty to six counts of sex trafficking by force, threats of force, fraud, and coercion and one count of conspiracy to encourage and induce aliens to unlawfully come to and enter the United States.

After his sentence, Morales likely will be deported, as he’s not a U.S. citizen.

As part of his plea deal, Morales admitted he and his cronies lured five of the women in Cuba with this deal: He gets them into the United States via Mexico and, once in their furnished apartment, they work as dancers to pay him $100 per day until their $20,000 debt is paid. Through an underling, Morales extended the same offer to a Camaguey woman in Honduras.

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