Family preying on immigrants convicted of human trafficking

(BCN) – The California Department of Justice on Tuesday announced the conviction of a family who preyed on the Philippine community in the Bay Area through human trafficking and labor exploitation.

Some members of the Gamos family operated Rainbow Bright, an adult housing and childcare company, which used it to exploit recent immigrants to the US, Attorney General Rob Bonta said.

The defendants have trafficked many of their victims with threats of arrest and deportation and false promises to assist with immigration. In some cases, the victim’s passports were confiscated.

The family’s crimes spanned a decade, Bonta said, from 2008 to 2018. Joshua Gamos also physically assaulted one of the victims.

“This organized criminal enterprise targeted vulnerable people seeking employment, exploiting and abused workers in a horrific people smuggling scheme,” Bonta said.

Rainbow Bright employees had to live and work in care homes and daycare facilities for longer than a normal workday, the DOJ said. They were also forced to sleep on floors and in garages. Some employees reported being locked up outside when the defendants were not home.

The jury found that the defendants took $500,000 for carrying out their plan and that the Gamos acted with intent to cause great bodily harm and with ferocity, cruelty and insensitivity.

The defendants will be sentenced on August 19 before the San Mateo Superior Court.

They are:

-Joshua Gamos, 46. Found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit human trafficking and grand theft of labor; one count of human trafficking, 16 counts of labor theft, one count of workers’ compensation fraud, nine counts of failure to file unemployment tax returns, and nine counts of failure to collect or pay unemployment insurance taxes.

-Noel Gamos, 44. Found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit human trafficking and grand theft of labor, one count of human trafficking, 16 counts of grand theft of labor, nine counts of failing to file unemployment insurance returns, and nine counts of fail to collect or pay unemployment insurance taxes.

-Carlina Gamos, 70, was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit human trafficking and grand theft of labor, two counts of human trafficking, 17 counts of grand theft of labor, nine counts of failure to file unemployment insurance returns and nine counts of failure to collect or pay unemployment insurance taxes.

Gerlin Gamos, 42, had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of grand larceny.

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