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A 26-year-old Mexican woman came to the United States after
being told she would become a surrogate mother, but the promise turned into a
nightmare as she was forced into a lifestyle of non-medical inseminations,
physical abuse and forced sex over the course of two years.
Esthela M. Clark, 46, of Jacksonville, Fla., is due in
court today to face 12 counts related to alien smuggling,
labor trafficking and sex trafficking offenses, according to USA Today.
An introduction by a mutual friend led to Clark arranging for
the victim to be smuggled from Coahuila, Mexico, into San Antonio, Texas. She was
later transported in
December 2012 to Jacksonville, where she moved in with Clark in a one-bedroom apartment,
according to court documents.
Also living at the residence was Clark's boyfriend and son. The
court document alleges that the couple slept in the bedroom while the child
slept on the couch and the victim slept on the dining room floor.
It was there on the same dining room floor that the victim was
forced to lay on her back while Clark's boyfriend's semen was injected inside
her with a household syringe. She was unable to conceive through this method.
The court documents indicate the victim was not allowed to work
outside of the home. Inside the home, she was the couple's maid, often being
punished and physically beaten for not performing according to expectations.
When the family relocated to Missouri, the victim was forced to have sex with
strangers to produce a child.
When she called home, her family indicated that she often seemed
to be crying and that her conversations seemed to be coached.
Tony Gilmore, who lived nearby, spoke with USA TODAY. "The
26-year-old woman used to be outside all the time, washing the car," he said. "I
never [knew] that she was in any kind of trouble. Never knew because she never
gave off any kind of aura that she was in any trouble."
Iomara Miranda, a stranger, who noticed the victim's behavior
and signs of physical abuse, contacted the Jacksonville sheriff's office, and the victim was removed from the home.