Accused human trafficker in custody, 2 additional suspects sought

Rubi Bertaud-Cabrera (Photo source: Charleston County Detention Center)
Rubi Bertaud-Cabrera (Photo source: Charleston County Detention Center)

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A woman is in custody and accused of human trafficking, and two other suspects are sought in the case.  A 20-year-old woman called police after escaping a home in the Pepperhill subdivision in North Charleston Tuesday.

According to the incident report, the victim said she had fled a home on Ginger Street where she had been held against her will for nearly three weeks.  The victim said she had been forced to have sex with the suspects, and that several other women were being held in the house and forced to work as prostitutes.

The victim said through an interpreter that she had been smuggled into the country from Mexico nearly a month ago.

When police arrived at the Ginger Street address, Rubi Bertaud-Cabrera, 27, was taken into custody.  Bertaud-Cabrera told investigators that two men and two other women fled the house about 15 minutes before police arrived.

Bertaud-Cabrera's two children, ages 1 and 4, were taken in by the South Carolina Department of Social Services.

The other two suspects police are looking for in connection with the case are Efrain Bertaud-Cabrera, described as 5'5", 200 pounds, and about 30-40 years old, and Marcos Antonio Pacheco-Martinez, described as 5'9", 160 pounds and about 25-35 years old.

Rubi Bertaud-Cabrera's bond is set at $500,000.  The bond court judge also ordered her to 24 hours of house arrest.

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