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Boca Raton firm charged with human trafficking

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The owners of a Boca Raton staffing company that placed Filipino immigrants in jobs at South Florida country clubs and hotels will stand trial for human trafficking following an indictment by a federal grand jury.

According to a U.S. Justice Department statement, Sophia Manuel and Alfonso Baldonado Jr. conspired to trick unwitting Filipinos into incurring debts they could not repay and then forcing them to work for the company.

The two allegedly limited the victims’ movements by constantly threatening them with deportation and jail.

Additionally, Manuel is charged with visa fraud and making false statements on H-2B visa applications.

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