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October 17, 1997 | From Associated Press
Alfredo Rustrian Paoletti, known as "The Hearing Man" by deaf Mexicans he allegedly smuggled into the United States, pleaded guilty along with a second defendant to conspiracy charges Thursday. Rustrian, 37, and Raul Alanis, 25, were among 20 people indicted Aug. 20 for violating the civil rights of 60 Mexicans by bringing them to the United States and forcing them to peddle key chains and other cheap trinkets on subways and streets.
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October 17, 1997 | From Associated Press
Alfredo Rustrian Paoletti, known as "The Hearing Man" by deaf Mexicans he allegedly smuggled into the United States, pleaded guilty along with a second defendant to conspiracy charges Thursday. Rustrian, 37, and Raul Alanis, 25, were among 20 people indicted Aug. 20 for violating the civil rights of 60 Mexicans by bringing them to the United States and forcing them to peddle key chains and other cheap trinkets on subways and streets.
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July 24, 1997 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Mexican family charged with smuggling 57 deaf countrymen into the United States to serve as trinket sellers apparently duped their nation's consular officials in New York into assuring family members that their loved ones were leading healthy, profitable lives and did not want to come home, according to relatives here and Mexican officials in New York.
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July 25, 1997 | HECTOR TOBAR and PATRICK J. McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The deaf peddlers at Los Angeles International Airport know all about New York City and the bad jefes who did business there, the "king peddlers" who allegedly kept more than 50 Mexican immigrants in crowded apartments as virtual indentured servants. Asked about the New York trinket-selling operation of the Paoletti family, one of the Los Angeles peddlers wrote in a reporter's notebook: "No me gusta N.Y." (I don't like New York.
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July 25, 1997 | HECTOR TOBAR and PATRICK J. McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The deaf peddlers at Los Angeles International Airport know all about New York City and the bad jefes who did business there, the "king peddlers" who allegedly kept more than 50 Mexican immigrants in crowded apartments as virtual indentured servants. Asked about the New York trinket-selling operation of the Paoletti family, one of the Los Angeles peddlers wrote in a reporter's notebook: "No me gusta N.Y." (I don't like New York.
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July 21, 1997 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Authorities arrested seven people Sunday, charging them with holding captive scores of Mexican immigrants, most of them deaf-mutes, and forcing them to sell key chains with tiny bats and baseballs in a scheme that Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani likened to slavery. Giuliani said investigators in the United States and Mexico were trying to determine whether any of the people were recruited through a school for the deaf in Mexico. He said some, using sign language, told of being kidnapped.
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July 24, 1997 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Mexican family charged with smuggling 57 deaf countrymen into the United States to serve as trinket sellers apparently duped their nation's consular officials in New York into assuring family members that their loved ones were leading healthy, profitable lives and did not want to come home, according to relatives here and Mexican officials in New York.
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July 21, 1997 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Authorities arrested seven people Sunday, charging them with holding captive scores of Mexican immigrants, most of them deaf-mutes, and forcing them to sell key chains with tiny bats and baseballs in a scheme that Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani likened to slavery. Giuliani said investigators in the United States and Mexico were trying to determine whether any of the people were recruited through a school for the deaf in Mexico. He said some, using sign language, told of being kidnapped.
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