No children were found inside the house and in total there were five women and the rest were men
In an alleged human trafficking case, 91 people, including five people infected with the coronavirus, were found crammed into a two-story building here in the U.S. state of Texas, police said.
Based on one report, a police special tactics team raided the southwest Houston home on April 30. A search warrant was served prior to the raid.
No children were found inside the house. The youngest batch of residents were at least 20 years and older. In total, there were five women and the rest were men.
The police called the residents of the house “migrants” because their nationality had not yet been confirmed.
The migrants told police they were hungry, while some showed signs of COVID-19, including fever, loss of smell and taste.
The Houston Department of Health performed rapid COVID-19 tests and five of the residents tested positive. The migrants would temporarily continue to stay in the house, police said.
The Houston Fire Department provided medical attention, food and water to the migrants. None of the migrants were seriously injured.
“When we entered the house we realized there were over 90 people inside so we immediately started to assess any kind of special threat,” said the Houston Deputy Police Chief. , Daryn Edwards.
He said the people were found “huddled together” in the two-story house, but were not tied up. No firearms were found at the scene.
“It was a big surprise when we walked into the house and saw what we saw,” Mr. Edwards said.
“I don’t know if they (those who hosted the migrants) were going to receive the [the migrants] to do work or work, but it is certainly more smuggling than trafficking, ”he said.
The police are investigating who the victims are and who brought them here.
“Whenever you see people being abused, no matter what race, culture, where you are from … there is no excuse for people to be mistreated like this,” said Patricia Cantu, Deputy Chief of the HPD.
“Not to be fed, not to have basic and common needs, not to be allowed to use the bathroom. I didn’t want to focus on immigration. I didn’t want to focus on the legality because that wasn’t the main issue, ”Ms. Cantu said.
There were also reports of human trafficking in Texas last week. Last Wednesday, in the space of seven hours, officers of the Rio Grande Valley border patrol raided four “ hidden houses ” of human trafficking, finding 52 migrants.
Officers in Edinburgh found a “hiding place” with 27 people hiding inside on Thursday. Hours later on Thursday, officers in the Rio Grande Valley found more than 20 migrants hiding in the back of an 18-wheel truck. Police are also investigating a possible link between these cases.