Sex-slave case: Accused Oceanside couple held on $2-million bail each
A judge has set bail at $2 million each for an Oceanside couple accused of keeping an underage girl as a sex slave and forcing her into prostitution.
San Diego County Superior Court Judge Martin Staven set the bail Monday for Inez Martinez Garcia, 43, and her husband, Marcial Garcia Hernandez, 45. The couple did not enter pleas, pending assignment of defense counsel.
The two were arrested last week on suspicion of forcing the girl to clean and cook, take care of the couple's three children and have sex with Hernandez and other men. When the girl refused, she was beaten, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.
The girl, a relative of the couple, came to the U.S. at age 12, and the abuse occurred over a 21-month period, investigators said. She returned to Mexico but has since come back to the U.S. and is assisting in the prosecution, they said.
Arraignment of Hernandez and Garcia was delayed so they could find
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Photo: Inez Martinez Garcia and Marcial Garcia Hernandez. Credit: Fox-5 San Diego