TOLEDO: The ringleader of a scheme that smuggled teens into the United States and kept them as virtual slaves while forcing them to work at an egg farm and live in run-down trailers was sentenced to just over 15 years in prison Monday.
Aroldo Castillo-Serrano, a Guatemalan who is in the United States illegally, will be deported once he’s served the prison term, a federal judge in Toledo said in sentencing the man.
Many of the victims were teens — the youngest was 14 — and some were his relatives, prosecutors said.
Investigators said Castillo-Serrano, 33, forced the teens and young men were to work at the egg farm near Marion and had to turn over most of their earnings. Prosecutors concluded there were about 35 victims in all.