Two men have received tougher sentences for smuggling illegal immigrants because they raped some of the women they were holding in South Texas stash houses.
U.S. District Judge Randy Crane on Monday sentenced Juan David Alviso-Gonzalez of Mexico to five years in prison and Miguel Aceves of El Salvador to eight years for smuggling illegal immigrants.
The U.S. Attorney's office said in each case, Crane noted that he was giving an enhanced sentence because of the men's 2012 sexual assaults.
The 18-year-old Alviso-Gonzalez raped one woman in the border city of Mission and attempted to rape another. Later, they were able call 911 and police arrested him.
In the 40-year-old Aceves' case, prosecutors said he committed two rapes in the border cities of Alamo and San Juan.