Posted: Sep 20, 2012 1:44 PM by NBC News - KPRC
Updated: Sep 20, 2012 1:44 PM
HOUSTON - The search for a teenage girl led ICE agents to more than 80 illegal immigrants being held in a stash house in southwest Harris county, officials said.
A mother called NBC affiliate KPRC on Tuesday, fearing for the life of her 16-year-old daughter. She said the teen was in the hands of smugglers who brought her to the U.S. from Nicaragua and were demanding more ransom payments.
The call helped federal agents raid a southwest Houston home in the 3400 block of Boxelder Drive, where more than 80 people were being held against their will.
ICE agents and Houston police officers arrested two men accused of holding the girl for ransom. The teen was turned over to agents in a parking lot at Interstate 10 at Gessner Road.
When police stormed the house Wednesday night, they found 57 men, 16 women and nine juveniles who were brought to the U.S. illegally by human smugglers.
"They appear to be in dire straights. Some of them haven't eaten in 12 hours. All of (them) were in their underwear. No one has shoes. No one had clothes," said ICE spokesman Greg Palmore.
All of the victims are undergoing health screenings. Their immigration status will be determined in the next few weeks. The girl was described as doing "ok."
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