Friday, February 3, 2012
CNN reports that "A human smuggling ring used non-Spanish speaking African-Americans to drive suspected illegal immigrants across the U.S.-Mexican border to the Los Angeles area, according to immigration authorities." Five Los Angeles-area residents have been indicted, according to authorities. An investigation uncovered a scheme in which people paid "$2,000 to $4,000 to be smuggled into the U.S." and were locked in trunks or compartments. The scheme sought out "financially disadvantaged U.S. citizens from south Los Angeles who did not speak Spanish, offering them $300 to $800 for every illegal immigrant they successfully transported."