Provo, UT – According to the court documents, his name is Jordan Nathaniel Jensen and he was charged with three counts of human trafficking for labor exploitation and nine counts of unlawful possession of another’s identification documents.
The 31-year-old man was illegally inducing more than 20 Mexican Nationals to work for his company’s traveling carnival.
The suspect is accused of taking the passports of the workers, who were all in the U.S. legally, and keeping them so they would not leave his company, Midway West Amusements, Inc.
The probable cause statement says the Mexican Consulate notified the Utah Attorney General’s Office on June 29 about a possible labor trafficking case in Ogden. Two victims told agents of the SECURE Task Force that they were hired by Midway while still in Mexico.
The victims said Midway arranged their work visas for them to come to the U.S. and were hired for $400 per week. The men said Jensen confiscated their passports upon their arrival to the country, but they believed it was a common practice, according to their interview with agents.