Convicted Of Kidnapping Child, Forcing Her Into Prostitution
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A couple face up to life in prison after they were convicted of kidnapping a 9-year-old girl from Tijuana and forcing her to be a prostitute for migrant farm workers.
Marge Garcia, 34, of San Bernardino, was convicted Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Robert Takasugi of one count of kidnapping. Andro Garcia, 45, was found guilty of the same count on Monday.
Sentencing was set Oct. 27 for the couple, who are held without bail. They face up to life in prison, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Nancy Wieben Stock.
Simon Aguilar, 43, of Compton, testified during Mrs. Garcia’s trial that his daughters were kidnapped in Tijuana, Mexico, in 1975 when the girls were 9 and 10 years old. He had no luck trying to find them in Mexico, so he moved to the United States to seek help from police there.
The younger girl escaped from her captors in February 1985 and was reunited with her family.
The older girl had been given to another family and eventually was reunited with her parents. However, she had been freed by the Garcias long enough ago that the statute of limitations had run out, Ms. Stock said.
At the time they were kidnapped, the girls had gone to the circus with their four older brothers and sisters, Ms. Stock said. Mrs. Garcia isolated the girls from the rest of the group and promised to take them home in her car.
Instead, the girls were taken across the border and forced into prostitution for migrant farmhands, Ms. Stock said.