FOUND BEING HELD HOSTAGE IN FILTY HOUSTON HOM
More than 100 suspected illegal immigrants were found being held hostage in a filthy Houston stash house on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 police said the hostages — 94 adult males, 14 adult females and two children — were held against their will by smugglers in the one-story home. Five smugglers were arrested following the raid.
“There is no hot water in the house,” said Houston Police Department Spokesman John Cannon. “There is a toilet that partially works, one bathroom for in excess of 100 people.”
Police said there was human waste all over the house and deadlocks on the inside doors to keep the hostages from being able to escape.
The victims included a 24-year-old pregnant woman and her two children, ages 5 and 7. The woman’s mother had tipped police that a smuggler, who was paid to bring them across the border from Mexico, refused to release them until he got more money.