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Long Beach couple pleads guilty to smuggling immigrants

"A Long Beach couple has pleaded guilty to smuggling people from the Philippines into the United States and forcing them to work at the couple's home and two elder care homes, federal investigators said today.
Evelyn Pelayo, 53, pleaded guilty Monday to forced labor and the unlawful conduct of holding passports to further forced labor. In a plea agreement, Pelayo admitted she paid co-defendant Rodolfo Deafeliz, 39, $6,000 to smuggle two undocumented immigrants into the U.S. and then forced them to work at her elder care homes, Vernon Way Care Home and Walton Care Home. She confiscated their passports and threatened to turn them over to authorities if they tried to escape." (2009,


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