|Minnesota Woman Pleads Guilty to Human Trafficking
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eNews Park Forest
March 27, 2014
Minnesota Woman Pleads Guilty to Human Trafficking for Holding Victim in Forced Labor in Restaurant
Washington, DC—(ENEWSPF)—March 26, 2014. Tieu Tran, 59, of Mankato, Minn., pleaded guilty late yesterday to one count of forced labor trafficking in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, the Justice Department announced today. Tran is the former owner and manager of Nails By Jordan, a nail salon located in Mankato.
According to evidence presented in court proceedings and documents, in 2008, Tran recruited a woman from Vietnam to travel to the United States using false promises of legal immigration status and a high-paying job. In reality, Tran smuggled the victim and two other Vietnamese nationals across the southern U.S.-Mexico border, imposed a significant debt upon the victim and forced the victim to pay down the smuggling debt by working at Tran's son's Vietnamese restaurant, Pho Saigon, in Mankato.
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