A 47-year-old Mexican-American woman paid smugglers to bring her a mother out of Mexico, whom she kept as a slave who she tried to groom as a surrogate mother, trying repeatedly to get her pregnant by “inseminating” her first with her boyfriend’s sperm, and then forcing her to have sex with dozens of other men.
The woman who was kept against her will was in the country illegally, being smuggled in on a bus several years ago for these awful purposes. The woman said she was fed not much but beans to stay alive.
Esthela Clark, who is originally from Guadalajara, but has been living in Jacksonville, Florida for some time had apparently not been able to get pregnant herself, so she brought a woman in from Mexico, who had one child herself, in order to impregnate her with her boyfriend’s sperm.
The Daily Mail reports:
A 47-year-old woman paid Mexican smugglers to bring a young 26-year-old mother into the US to act as her surrogate then held her against her will for two-and-a half-years while she tried unsuccessfully to impregnate her by inseminating her with her own boyfriend’s sperm.
Esthela Clark, who is originally from Guadalajara but now lives in Jacksonville, Florida, admitted smuggling the victim, who has not been named, in to the US after promising to pay her $3,000 to carry her baby.
She has adult children of her own, some of whom still live in Mexico, but was unable to conceive with her partner between 2012 and 2015.
Once the victim, who also has one child of her own, had been brought from Piedras Negras in Couahila into Texas by bus, she was driven to Jacksonville by smugglers and picked up by Clark and her family in 2012.
They lived together in a small apartment where Clark tried to inseminate her up to four times a day while she was ovulating with her boyfriend Rolando Castellanas’ sperm.
When she failed to conceive, Clark made her have sex with strangers and keep the condoms to do the same. She coldly abused the victim when none of this worked, feeding her only beans from a can, claiming she was ‘too fat’ to get pregnant.
On other occasions she made her sleep in bleach, forced her to strip when she believed she was stealing and hit her with a metal stick. She also forced her to wash the car while scantily dressed in cold weather.
Though the woman was allowed to work, Clark kept all of her earnings and threatened her family in Mexico if she ever tried to escape.
The woman was eventually rescued by a member of their church who suspected she was being abused and involved police.
Clark pleaded guilty to forced labor as part of a deal with prosecutors on Monday. She is yet to be sentenced but faces up to 20 years behind bars or deportation if it is proven she entered the country illegally.
Court documents obtained by DailyMail.com reveal the startling abuse she faced while in captivity.
The victim is referred to as Y.L. throughout to protect her identity.
It began in November 2012 when the woman left her home in Guadalajara. Clark, who is also from the area, met her there and propositioned her.