People are handcuffed together in pairs and loaded into vans as police investigate a possible human smuggling operation in Houston. AP
Gulf Today Report
Authorities said Houston Police rescued approximately 30 people from a “human smuggling operation” on Thursday night.
“Officers received a report of a male in his briefs running down the street yelling that he had been kidnapped. The male advised that thirty more people were being held hostage in the house.”
The smuggling operation was discovered on Thursday evening after one of the men who was being kept inside the home escaped and was seen running down a residential street in his underwear, yelling that he had been kidnapped, Houston police said.
Authorities determined that 28 men and one woman who had illegally immigrated to the US from Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Cuba were being kept in the home, according to US Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. The immigrants were only wearing undergarments when they were found.
The home had boarded-up windows and deadbolt locks on the inside doors.
After their discovery, the immigrants were taken to a school gymnasium to get out of the cold, police said.
At the home, authorities also found 36-year-old Mauro Dominguez-Maldonado, who prosecutors allege was in charge of watching the immigrants and performing other duties as part of the smuggling operation.
Dominguez-Maldonado, who authorities say was living illegally in Houston, was arrested and later charged with harboring. He faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a possible fine of up to $250,000 if convicted.
Dominguez-Maldonado was set to appear before a magistrate judge on Monday. Court records did not list an attorney for him.
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