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Mankato Woman Pleads Guilty to Forced Labor Trafficking

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A Mankato woman has pleaded guilty to bringing a Vietnamese woman to the U.S. and forcing her to work at her son's restaurant.
 
 
The U.S. Department of Justice says 59-year-old Tieu Tran pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of forced labor trafficking.
 
 
Court documents say in 2008 Tran recruited a woman from Vietnam to travel to the U.S. using false promises of legal immigration status and a high-paying job.
But prosecutors say instead, Tran smuggled the woman and two other Vietnamese nationals across the U.S.-Mexico border and forced her to pay down the debt by working at Tran's son's restaurant in Mankato.


Tran faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.