A Guatemalan national is facing eight years in prison for labor trafficking a 12-year-old boy in Palm Beach County.
According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Southern District of Florida, 35-year-old Walfre Camposeco-Montejo previously pled guilty to providing and obtaining forced labor, alien smuggling and unlawfully transporting aliens.
Camposeco-Montejo obtained false Guatemalan documents to claim a 12-year-old Guatemalan boy as his son, according to court records. Camposeco-Montejo told the boy's mother he would provide the minor with an education upon their arrival into the United States.
According to the district attorney's office, the two crossed the Rio Grande in November 2016 and were taken into U.S. Customs and Border Protection custody when Camposeco-Montejo told officials the boy was his son. Due to the false representation, the two were released as a family unit and they made their way to Florida where Camposeco-Montejo forced the boy to work at agricultural farms throughout Palm Beach County for more than six months to repay a debt from the human struggling venture.
The boy was eventually able to escape and reported his victimization, the attorney's office says.
On Friday, U.S. District Judge Roy K. Altman sentenced Camposeco-Montejo to a total of 96 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Judge Altman also ordered Camposeco-Montejo to pay $34,000 in restitution to the minor-victim.