When a mom in Texas came upon some hard times, she thought she came up with the perfect solution to make all her problems disappear. Because she had gotten involved with the wrong crowd – through her addiction to certain drugs – she had amassed a huge debt to dangerous people. At the same time, she had grown tired of raising her children – that’s when she decided she could settle her drug debt by selling her children into slavery.
Now that the evidence has been stacked up against her, Esmeralda Garza, 29, has been convicted and sentenced to six years in prison. Not long ago, she sold her son into slavery for a whopping $2,500 to settle a drug debt with a dealer.
Besides the act of trafficking her son for personal gain, she was convicted of three counts of selling or purchasing a child. She was caught red-handed trading her seven-year-old son to pay off the remainder of the balance that she owed for her drug habit.
In July, the Texas Department of Public Safety special agents arrested her after they obtained a search warrant related to her drug problem. They raided her home in Corpus Christi and found that her three children were about to be sold to earn some extra money to fuel her addiction to drugs. She had a seven-year-old son, a three-year-old daughter, and a two-year-old daughter. They were all about to be sold into slavery so she could get high again – and fast.
“Garza stated that she and her boyfriend owe drug money and gave her child to (the woman) who (paid) $500 cash and clear the (owed) debt and an extra $700 when the ‘custody paperwork’ was signed,” the arrest affidavit said.
Because she was about to sell her children into a life of slavery to a drug pusher, she was sentenced to six years in prison for that with an additional two years for money laundering and conspiracy to sell or purchase a child, which will be served concurrently.
The young mother made a very bad decision and tried to use her children to support her bad drug habit. Thankfully, she was caught and arrested before her children were really sold to settle the debt to her drug dealer. If the children had been sold before the special agents had arrived at her doorstep, then the boy would have been subjected to a life of horrible ills that no child should ever have to endure. Unfortunately, many children do get sold and traded in the sex trafficking industry to pay debts to criminals, cartels, and drug dealers.
What state must a parent be in if they are even capable of contemplating such a move? It is unthinkable that a parent would sell their child to a drug dealer to pay a debt. That person must be utterly consumed with the evil workings of the narcotic substance in order to do such a horrific thing.
Garza will spend the next six years of her life behind bars.
What do you think about the punishment? Did Texas go too light on her?