HOUSTON (AP) — Officers seeking a Nicaraguan teen allegedly held by smugglers have rescued the girl and more than 80 other suspected illegal immigrants in Houston.
Federal agents and Houston police on Wednesday night raided a house and located the unharmed 16-year-old girl, along with dozens of men, women and other children. All have been detained pending decisions on their immigration status.
Four people suspected of being smugglers were taken into custody pending charges.
The girl's mother on Tuesday reported to police that she paid smugglers $6,000 to transport the girl but the suspects demanded more cash. Authorities say a tip led to the residence.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Greg Palmore says all of the individuals held at the house were in their underwear. None wore shoes. Medical checkups have been ordered.