Alfonso Diaz-Juarez- Texas- 2013 Nov 18, 2013 10:00:51 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on Nov 18, 2013 10:00:51 GMT -5
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Fugitive Profile as of November 13th, 2014 (Based on FBI.gov wanted poster, "The Hunt with John Walsh" tv show):
Aliases: Alfonso Angel Diaz, Alfonso Angel-Diaz, Poncho Diaz, "Poncho", Javier Perez-Garcia, "El Greñas"
Date(s) of Birth Used: August 2, 1968
Place of Birth: State of Puebla, Mexico
Height: Approximately 5'2"
Weight: Approximately 160 pounds
Occupations: Demolition, Asbestos removal
Race: White (Hispanic)
Scars and Marks: Diaz-Juarez has a scar from an operation to remove his appendix.
Remarks: Diaz-Juarez has ties to Mexico, Texas, and Florida.
Who to call if you've seen him: "The Hunt" tip line at 1-866-THE-HUNT or submit a web tip to the show at cnn.com/thehunt
As AMW fans know, AMW's last ever season- on Lifetime- focused on sex trafficking- including a 2-hour special that caught two fugitive traffickers. John Walsh continues to raise awareness of it to this day on his talk show appearances. As a result, I am dedicating one of my last non-AMW fugitive threads of 2013 to one of the worst human traffickers I've ever come across:
Last month, a massive human trafficking ring that operated out of Harris County, Texas (Houston being the largest surrounding city) was indicted in the Texas Federal courts, 14 people in total. Only one person, 45-year old Alfonso Diaz-Juarez, was not in custody. Making matters worse, he had actually been in prison earlier in the year.
On June 4, 2010, Diaz-Juarez was indicted in Harris County District Court for compelling prostitution - a state crime associated with human trafficking. A criminal complaint alleged he'd repeatedly threatened and beaten his victim, even while pregnant, and held her infant son hostage to force her to sell herself in a cantina (term for bar) for nearly two years.
According to the complain against Diaz-Juarez, he forced the victim to prostitute herself at the La Costenita Bar until she was five-six months pregnant back in the summer of 2008. She then was returned to the bar in March of 2009 by Diaz-Juarez and forced to prostitute herself under the same threats of bodily injury, actual physical violence and the holding of her infant son until she returned with the monies that she obtained
The charges were reduced to a misdemeanor under a plea deal and Diaz-Juarez was released this past April.
It turned out months later he'd be indicted in a Federal human trafficking ring that has allegedly been ongoing since 1999. An investigation led to the arrest of six men and seven women, including 66-year-old Hortencia Medeles-Arguello, aka “Tencho,” matriarch and alleged ringleader of the group that reaped profits of more than $12.6 million during a six month period through the forced prostitution of women and girls as young as 15 years-old.
According to the criminal complaint, the ring victimized women and children brought the Texas from Mexico who were forced into the sex trade through violence and intimidation. They were forced to work long hours in Cantinas and sold to strangers for 15 minutes. They were sometimes beaten if customers were not satisfied with their service. In some cases when cantinas closed these victims were taken to other locations after hours and continued to be abused early into the morning hours. Of the last twelve victims a task force rescued, five of them were children.
Nuevo Amanecer, a Houston nightclub, is believed to be the base of operations for Juarez-Diaz and his fellow alleged traffickers. The women were reportedly kept locked in the upstairs room which served as a secret brothel.
As for Diaz-Juarez, while a Sheriff's Department spokesman said its hypothetically possible Diaz-Juarez could have been kept longer in jail had it been known he was part of a federal investigation (he had gotten credit for 100 days already served prior to sentencing), an FBI spokeswoman said it would have been unethical for agents to ask to hold him months before he had been indicted in the federal human trafficking case.
However, Diaz-Juarez apparently was targeted for deportation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to a handwritten note at the bottom of a sheet in Diaz-Juarez's court file that reads "ICE DETAINER." Whether he was detained by ICE and deported after finishing his jail sentence is unclear. Although he is believed to be in Mexico or still in Harris County, Texas.
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