Houston Police Rescue Almost 30 People From Human Trafficking Operation
Houston, TX – The Houston Police Department announced that on Thursday night, 29 people were rescued from what appears to be a human trafficking operation. Police said that they were called to 4800 Raven Ridge to investigate a report of a man running down the street in his underwear. When they contacted the man, he told police that he and several others were being held against their will.
The man led police to the home he was held at nearby, where police located 27 other males and one other female inside the house, all in their underwear. Reportedly, the people found were from Mexico, Cuba, Honduras, and El Salvador and were picked up in Brownsville and brought to Houston. They had been in the home anywhere from two days to a week. One man told police he was told he would have a job waiting for him in Houston.
Southwest officers are at 4800 Raven Ridge. 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. Officers made entry and rescued approximately pic.twitter.com/kRWS89zuUy
— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) December 4, 2020
The home where they were held had boarded up windows and deadbolts on several doors inside. The suspect holding the people is illegally in the United States and is a Honduran national. He’s facing up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Two other suspects were also detained in connection to the operation.
Houston police Lt. Jose Torres said that police believed the suspects undressed and hid among the kidnapped victims to avoid capture. However, police pulled out the people amongst the group that still had jewelry on and looked relatively clean, as the real captives were dirty and without jewelry.
A school nearby allowed the kidnapped victims to wait inside its gymnasium to stay out of the cold. None were found to have any serious injuries, and they were given clothes and food while the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigates.