2 sentenced to prison in forced labor case on Ohio egg farm

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Two men have been sentenced to prison for their roles in a scheme smuggling teens into the U.S. and keeping them as virtual slave laborers at an Ohio egg farm.

But a federal judge in Toledo delayed sentencing Monday for the ringleader after learning he had not given up more than a dozen properties he took from the victims' families.

Federal agents raided a trailer park in 2014 and rescued 10 young Guatemalans brought to work at the egg farm in central Ohio. Prosecutors say the teens were forced to turn over most earnings.

One told the judge Monday that the leader threatened to kill his father if he didn't work.

One of the defendants was sentenced Monday to just over a year, the other to just over four years.