A 28-year-old woman from Mexico pled guilty Wednesday in federal court in Charleston. She says she entered the United States illegally and harbored an illegal alien at her North Charleston residence.
Rubi Bertaud-Cabrera was accused of the crime by an illegal immigrant who was found wandering around a North Charleston subdivision back in November. The unnamed woman claimed to police that she was victim of human trafficking who was induced to come to the U.S. by a promise that she could work as a housekeeper, but upon arrival was asked to work as a prostitute. The woman claimed she escaped Bertaud-Cabrera’s residence before being picked up by police.
The woman will be sentenced after U.S. District Judge C. Weston Houck reviews a pre-sentence report which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office. A sentencing date for the defendant, Bertaud-Cabrera has not been set. She faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.