Jeffery Leon Barrett and Barbara Jean Barett, both of Greenville, were charged with trafficking of persons-continuous late last week. They are being held in Hunt County Detention Center in lieu of $650,000 bond apiece.
Deputy Criminal Chief Kirsta Leeburg Melton told The Greenville Herald-Banner this is the first case of child labor investigations in the state.
The couple was arrested by Texas Department of Public Safety officers Friday. They are charged with using their five adopted children, ranging in ages from 12-17 years, for labor while running an illegal puppy mill.
In addition to the latest charge of human trafficking, the couple also faces cruelty to non-livestock animals charges. The trial date for that charge has been set for Oct. 15, 2018.