Texas – The FBI rescued 26 Hondurans from human trafficking in downtown Fort Worth Thursday morning.
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) indicated in a written communication that the FBI raided a home on Thursday and found more than a dozen refugees naked, unfed, scared and held hostage by coyotes.
Officials indicated that the people had not eaten in two days and that there was a pregnant woman among them. Also in the group was a three-year-old who was breastfed, but his mother was not able to feed because she was not producing milk after not eating.
LULAC national president Domingo Garcia said the victims were granted temporary immunity under U visa status, which protects victims of alleged crimes. After the rescue, the individuals were handed over to LULAC officials, who quickly transported them to area housing, paid for by Garcia, and provided with money for clothing and food.
However, Hilda Duarte, district director of LULAC in Grand Prairie, Texas, said, “Our first task was to get them safely out of police custody and into a home where they could rest for a few hours. Worked to ensure that they receive medical assistance and basic necessities, in addition to connecting them with their relatives in the United States”.
Anyone with information about this type of abuse/crime can contact LULAC’s national hotline at 202-833-6130.
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