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Fourth man charged in labor trafficking at Ohio egg farms

By Jack Torry • Dec 29, 2017 at 8:00 AM

A federal court announced labor-trafficking charges against another person whom the Justice Department has accused of forcing minors to work at egg farms in central Ohio.

Pablo Duran Ramirez, 49, who was arrested Saturday as he attempted to cross the Mexican border, was indicted on federal charges in which three other defendants already have been convicted.

The indictment, unsealed Thursday in Cleveland, charges Duran Ramirez, who is an American citizen, with helping provide underage workers from Guatemala to work at Trillium Farms, a major producer of eggs in Ohio whose operations include facilities around the village of Hartford, also known as Croton, near Johnstown in Licking County. The company — owned by the Dean, Henning and Boomsma farm families — has not been charged.

The workers, some as young as 14, were forced to live in poor conditions in a trailer park near Marion while working 12 hours a day doing such tasks as cleaning chicken coops and loading and unloading chickens, the indictment charges.

The others who were convicted are Aroldo Castillo-Serrano, who was sentenced to nearly 16 years in prison; Ana Angelica Pedro-Juan, who was sentenced to 10 years; and Conrado Salgado-Soto, who received a sentence of four years and three months.

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