October 20, 2014
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Two human traffickers who kidnapped a
Brazilian woman and her 5-year-old and held them for ransom in
Orange County have been sentenced to life in state prison.
Reynaldo Eid of New York City and Alaor Oliveira Jr. of Danbury,
Conn., were sentenced Friday in Superior Court.
Prosecutors say a Sao Paolo woman and her son were smuggled into
the U.S. in 2005 to be reunited with her husband, who was in the
U.S. illegally. The two were passed from one smuggler to the next
until they were picked up by Eid and Oliveira. The smugglers called
the woman's husband and demanded more money, on top of the $14,000 he had already paid.
Police found the kidnappers and their victims at a Costa Mesa
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