Usually, when someone is smuggled into the country they pay a fee to a coyote. When they are forced here to work, or to pay off a debt with their labor it becomes trafficking. Sometimes it's not clear which one it is until all the facts come to light.
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|Houston police led an investigation into a Pearland home used in an alleged smuggling operation.|
And that decision will soon get made after authorities freed more than 100 people today who were held in Pearland in an alleged smuggling operation.
It began as a hostage investigation by the HPD, according to Greg Palmore, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman, and ended up as a rescue of 110 people. Of that group 95 were men and 15 were women. The ages ranged from 5 to 47, and 17 of them were juveniles.
The people living in the home were primarily from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico, Palmore said. Two people were taken to the hospital, including a man who was sent for unknown reasons and a woman who was pregnant. More »