Get a load of this guy. His name is Isaac Baichu, and he's an immigration official who told a 21-year-old Colombian woman last December that he would not get her a green card unless she gave him a blowjob. Oh, and some sex. She just had to do it with him "one or two times," he told her. "That's all. You get your green card. You won't have to see me anymore." Well the Colombian miss, whose name is not being released by authorities because she is the victim of a sex crime, was savvy: she recorded the Baichu's blackmailing her on her cell phone. The New York Times has the recording on their website, and you can hear Baichu's pleading voice for yourself; it gives one a nauseous, vaguely anxious feeling, not unlike sitting on a turbulent plane. In the original tape, there is a minute-long silence, and according to the Times, that's when the woman " yielded to his demand [for oral sex] out of fear that he would use his authority against her."
Baichu's not the only creep to exploit the precarious situation many immigrant women find themselves in. The Times mentions one Eddie Romualdo Miranda, "who was charged with demanding sexual favors from a 29-year-old Vietnamese woman in exchange for approving her citizenship application." They also reference Kelvin R. Owens, "who was convicted in 2005 of sexually assaulting a 45-year-old woman during her citizenship interview in the federal building." There are several more documented examples of immigration officials who abused their power, and the Times wonders how many more cases are swept under the rug. Baichu is pleading not guilty to felony and misdemeanor sexual coercion charges, and if convicted he faces up to seven years in jail.
This story comes on the heels of proposed changes to the Violence Against Women Act. As I noted in an earlier post, the current VAWA allows physically abused illegal aliens to apply for lawful immigrant status. The potential new law would force these women to return to their country of origin before applying for legal residency in the U.S.
The Colombian woman who was blackmailed seemed to have a non-abusive American husband whom she loved. After her run-in with Baichu, she told the Times her husband "was so mad at me, he left my house. I don't know if he's going to come back." Oh, and she's still awaiting her green card so she can visit Colombia without having to stay there for good.
An Agent, A Green Card, And A Demand For Sex [New York Times]
Earlier: Crimes Against Womanity