In Garland, a Family Enslaved a Mexican Woman and Her Children for Seven Years

Categories: Crime, Immigration

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Josefina Carleton
On the evening of July 13, 2010, a 36-year-old woman checked into the emergency room of Lake Pointe Medical Center in Rowlett. She was suffering from a painful infection on her left leg, the result of untreated poison ivy, but that was relatively low on her list of concerns. As she explained that night to the hospital staff, then to law enforcement officers, she and her school-age children had spent the last seven years as a Garland family's de facto slaves.

A subsequent investigation by a local human trafficking task force confirmed the woman's story. She'd been held at a home in the 4400 block of Pine Ridge Drive, near the intersection of Plano Road and Walnut Street, by a woman named Josefina Carleton and her common-law husband, Cristobal Zanella Farjardo. She did all the housework, yard work and cooking. She did late-night janitorial work at office buildings Carleton had been contracted to clean. She did construction work at houses Carleton's daughter and son-in-law were remodeling.

The woman was never paid for her work, receiving only food, shelter and some clothes as compensation.

Her kids, too, were made to work. Her daughter, 10 years old at the time the woman first talked to police, was forbidden from going to school, forced instead to care for Carleton's grandkids. Her son, 12, was allowed to attend school but was forced to go clean office buildings at night. Both bore scars from suspected child abuse.

Carleton denied all of this. So did Farjado. When the pair was arrested at their home in August 2012, more than two years after the hospital visit, Farjado told detectives that the woman wasn't a slave so much as a willing volunteer. They frequently left her alone. Had she truly been a captive, wouldn't she have escaped, or at least used a telephone to call for help?

But as investigators pointed out, she was never left alone with her kids. To flee, she would have had to leave them behind. Also, by Farjado's own admission, she knew no one outside the house she could call for help. The woman's story -- that Carleton had threatened to call police and have her deported back to Mexico if she left -- made much more sense.

So, Carleton and Farjado, along with Carleton's daughter Elsa Marquez, and Marquez's common-law husband, Francisco Perez-Espinosa, were charged with human trafficking.

The Dallas County District Attorney's office announced Monday afternoon that a four-day trial for Carleton and Farjado resulted in a hung jury, with 10 jurors judging them guilty and two saying not guilty.

To avoid a second trial, Carleton and Perez-Espinosa pleaded guilty to human trafficking. Carleton agreed to a five-year prison sentence. Perez-Espinosa will get two years. Marguez and Farjado's cases are still open, according to Dallas County court documents.

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meliper
meliper

The Obama haters are in this post. They have no compassion for the women and her children because their souls have been destroyed by hatred and racism. When the haters leave this world they will live eternally with Satan.  

colinhayward18
colinhayward18

Holy shit, the rampant bigotry and blindness in this thread to the real issue presented in this story is both disgusting and not surprising. Backwards hicks like you lot are the reason I left Texas, and people just like you but brown are why this poor woman and her kids left Mexico.

You are a blight on humanity, all of you. For shame. You should be sent to Mexico, all of you privileged fucks, and shown what these people are running from.

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

they were as generous as the Federal Govt....free food, free housing, free clothing....and the difference is they had to WORK for what they received.  hmmmm.  they need more liberal love from the guilter crowd...clearly, abuse is rampant to all the illegals that broke the laws to come to the USA where they refuse to learn the language, get skills, and become fully independent on their own.

Dallas143
Dallas143

I Have Hispanic helpers that tell me some stories... lol   it's funny how many people lie just to get a free ride and if you say you've been abused you can receive a free pass to citizenship!!! it's sad but true!!! then there are people really being abused.

angeliwo
angeliwo

Truly disappointed in the justice system if they end up receive 5 year or less sentence. A hung jury really. 

Unbelievable.

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

It would be fantastic if they were forced to give her a home and then tend to her and her kids for the next 10-20 years.


James080
James080

Seven Years a Slave.......* Hmmmm, maybe a book.....maybe a movie.......* Nah, seems like its been done to death already....

paulpsycho78
paulpsycho78

This shit happens everyday in Garland, avoid this place at all costs.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

They should make sure this story gets massive play south of the border.

Make them think before heading for El Norte.

GAA214
GAA214

Life in prison would be appropriate in this case. 


volitionspark
volitionspark

I'm going to leave home to go vote. Hopefully I will pick this up later.

volitionspark
volitionspark

Don't put this under the header "Unfair Park". This is GARLAND mess. And how do people keep getting away with this? Oh, I forgot, the Feds are too busy investigating local politicians and former Civil Rights people.

whocareswhatithink
whocareswhatithink

So to pay a illegal immigrant is illegal but to pay them with food and lodging is worse. Noted.

ruddski
ruddski

Speaking of immigrants, the Romeikes can stay. Any objections?

Janik
Janik

They had to be Republicans. Had to be.

SamHouston
SamHouston

@meliper And you will be there to warmly greet them with your pitchfork.

SamHouston
SamHouston

@colinhayward18 Sounds like you are a bit ignorant yourself.  This poor women came here for all the free goodies off the backs of hard working Americans.   You Libtards are so rich with ignorance.  Just home many human traffickers where in G-Town before Obama?  How many of those were White?  None?  Come on.  Even a racist redneck has got to eat.  The problem with Mexico and elswhere in Latina America is that they are all coming here, instead of, staying and fixing their countries problems.  Every illegal getting your bleeding heart devotion and a free Liberal ride if is a slap in the face of every Legal immigrant.  I know quite a few legal immigrants (Egyptian, Mexican, South Korean, Vietnamese, Jordanian, Palestinian, Canadian, Britain, South Africa, Ghana, Philippines, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Laotian, Guatemalan, Ethiopian, Honduran, Nicaraguan, Cayman, Australian, Swedish, Italian, Scottish, Irish, German, French and a few others.  None of them care for what illegals are doing, how they have their hands out like beggars, how they burden the system, and how they just seem to give a crap about being a US Citizen.  Why can't you Libtard wankers get the narrative correct?  No one likes a free loader with no skin in the game.  It has nothing to do with race.  

Being that you are all for this, then please open your homes and your wallets to a needy illegal family.  Put your money where your mouth is instead of others.

SamHouston
SamHouston

@rufuslevin Wonder if the IRS is going after them for not reporting the held back wages?

SamHouston
SamHouston

@whateveryousay Like how the courts took that ranch away from a Texas Rancher that had gotten fed up with the illegals crossing his land, tearing up fences, littering, stealing clothes, breaking into his home all the while the authorities kept a blind eye.  Those two illegals that were awarded the ranch and the large chunk of money, where are they now?

SamHouston
SamHouston

@paulpsycho78 I was looking forward to moving back home after a 20 year absence. Sad to hear that.  I see that my old Elementary is over 80% Hispanic.  In the 70's there was only about 3-5 Hispanic kids there.  I see that all of GISD is mostly Hispanic now yet that does not mesh up with the city's population demographics.  Over 30,000 growth in Hispanic population between 2000 and 2010.   The nearest other race demographic only had  a growth of just over 8,000.  Knew that it was going to go downhill once they tore down the water tower at Garland @ Miller and put up a Day Laborer Park.  Call me a bigot all you want but no American of Hispanic heritage was ever standing there waiting to work for meager under the table wages.

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

@whocareswhatithink you got to the very core of the REAL issue.  Like, African slaves did not get food, housing, clothing...but they HAD to work as well....not so today, where black skin gives you a FREE RIDE on the taxpayers, as well as an illegal alien gets a FREE RIDE on the taxpayers.



Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@ruddski  We allowed Rafael Cruz to stay, even though he entered the country illegally by bribing a Batista official.

SamHouston
SamHouston

@Janik You are calling the Democratic Party's new voting bloc, Republican?  Well, there is that RINO infestation going on.

juanmayeaux
juanmayeaux

@Janik Sounds like a couple of Democrats who are major ScumLords.

volitionspark
volitionspark

@Janik  I am no fan of Republicans but it is possible that they were the kind of people who don't vote, don't care about anything other than money.  I have met plenty of Wall Street types like that and others, especially from "noble classes" of other countries who use people like pawns. They are not POLITICAL at all. They just are very selfish and hateful.

James080
James080

@Janik  

That recently deported diplomat from India who was also keeping a personal slave....was she an Indian republican?

doublecheese
doublecheese

@Janik  "a woman named Josefina Carleton and her common-law husband, Cristobal Zanella Farjardo."


Yeah, these two sure fit the mold, don't they?

ruddski
ruddski

@Myrna

I lived in Ensenada, PR during the glorious revolution, we housed some refugees (refugees then were pretty high class). Was also there for the missile crisis. Left when things got hot after Kennedy assassination.

I really like Cubans, I will visit Cuba when it's free.

citizenreader
citizenreader

@doublecheese @Janik  What do their names have to do with it? Do you think there are no Mexican republicans? Could have been any party. 

ruddski
ruddski

I goggle earthe'd the 'hood.

Section 8 housing a block away. My guess is it's a libertarian stronghold.

colinhayward18
colinhayward18

@ruddski If the American people had revolted against Reagan, would you have supported them?

And yes, I would support just about any revolution against any government. Statism is ruining the whole planet. And Communism and capitalism are the SAME THING. The only difference is the degree to which the state controls the flow of capital. Capital in the form of money, because it's already either illegal or nearly impossible for ANYONE to grow their crops anymore.

So you literally cannot eat without the state, and you people would rather bicker over which oppressor is more palatable?

It seems obvious that most of the people in Texas can't see past the end of their own fucking nose. and THAT'S why I left. 


ruddski
ruddski

@Myrna Montemalone

Actually, I'm paddling a 1957 ford pickup to Cuba, because logic.

juanmayeaux
juanmayeaux

@ruddski Yes and the GAYS can walk the streets hand in hand without being jailed in Castro's Cuba for being sexual deviants.

ruddski
ruddski

@volition

Batista Cuba was as crooked as, say, New Orleans.

But, there weren't a lot of folks paddling 2x4's across the Florida Straits to get off the island. As wonderful as the western left finds the old bearded windbag, as much as they'd like to believe the Havana Potemkin village is real, as great as they're told literacy and medicine is - you don't see a lot of lefties moving there.

When Cuba is free, all will benefit. Capitalism will lift it up, it will become the Carribbean paradise it should be.

ruddski
ruddski

#monte

Just the places i've cited. Why do you think I'm a criminal?

ruddski
ruddski

@Myrna

two countries, one commonwealth. No need to exxagerate

Do they still have iron lungs?

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

@ruddski Either you're 412 or you've been one step ahead of the law all your life. No matter what it is and where it takes place, you've lived there.

volitionspark
volitionspark

@ruddski  YES I WOULD BACK ANOTHER REVOLUTION. The first revolution had to happen. Castro & Che were right. The Batistas were awful, greedy people.  Other nations used Cuba like a Monopoly game. But Castro was WRONG to become a dictator, much like Napoleon was wrong. But I fear that Cuba will once again become a place for the wealthy to mistreat people while enjoying the beauty and resources of the nation. Hopefully, the people will stop that from happening.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@ruddski  The cats and I are simply amazed at how you've been able to be on every wing of the political spectrum, lived in every country in the world, know everything about everything and everybody... all from the confines of your iron lung.  We're totally impressed... I mean, really we are.

ruddski
ruddski

@volitionspark

Yes, we would have housed anyone as long as they weren't effing commies. I was just a kid, wasn't my call anyway.

If you ever get a chance to see "Soy Cuba", take it. Simply awesome flick. Commie propaganda, but really great ("I Am Cuba")

My favorite question for lefties:

If the Cuban People revolted against the Castro regime, would you back them?

volitionspark
volitionspark

@ruddski  So you would not have housed them if they had been "poor" refugees? I have no concern for the people of thieving upper classes Russia, Cuba, Puerto Rico who were fleeing the starving people finally had enough.  Serfdom should have died out years ago. I hope they were all tragically miserable, as miserable as their peasant neighbors were during their lives of luxury.

doublecheese
doublecheese

@citizenreader @doublecheese @Janik  Of course.  But I do think it pours a little doubt on that they  "Had to be" Republicans.  The common law marriage thing is more telling than their names.  These aren't exactly northern burbs white evangelicals.  

SamHouston
SamHouston

@volitionspark @ruddskiRemember when the East Gate Apartments were cool?  Well, back before they were sued to open up for Section 8.  Did not take long before it went to pot.  It's been torn down now I think.

volitionspark
volitionspark

@ruddski  There is section 8 housing in many "nice" neighborhoods. True, it doesn't exist in a place like the Park Cities or Beverly Hills, but many people would be surprised to know they have it in their little suburban towns.

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