Uzbekistan national pleads guilty in Kansas City human trafficking case

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 | 9:59 a.m. CDT

KANSAS CITY — An Uzbekistan national has pleaded guilty in federal court in Kansas City to charges stemming from human trafficking operations.

The U.S. attorney's office in Kansas City said Tuesday that Jakhongir Kakhkharov admitted to inducing foreigners to come the U.S. illegally to work.

A federal indictment alleged that the 30-year-old defendant was involved in an "extensive and profitable" business that employed hundreds of illegal aliens at hotels and other businesses, many of which were in Kansas City.

The U.S. attorney's office said a co-defendant, 24-year-old Alexandru Frumusache, a citizen of Moldova, pleaded guilty in October to forced labor trafficking.

Both men face up 20 years in prison and a fine up to $250,000.


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