SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio police who were called to perform a welfare check Monday morning uncovered what they believe to be a human smuggling operation on the city’s Northwest Side.
Officers were called to the 7000 block of Buffalo Trail after receiving a call that someone was being held against their will.
“The call came in from a third party, a woman called stating that her friend called her, saying that she was being held against her will. She didn’t have too many details as to where, just the location,” said SAPD Sgt. Washington Moscoso.
As officers were questioning a man at the scene, six people exited a trailer home and said they were being detained against their will by armed individuals. The six victims spoke Spanish and told officers they were from Honduras and awaiting a payments from their families.
“They said they’ve been here at least a couple of days. We’re getting some water, we’re getting them some food. But they they did let us know that they were being detained against their will by armed individuals,” said Moscoso.
The victims and suspects were taken to Homeland Security offices for further investigation. Police are looking for a third person who fled the area in a black vehicle.
SAPD officers attempted to pull that driver over near the scene but the driver did not stop but continued to the 6400 block of Huebner Road where he got out of the car and ran away.
The company that manages the trailer park where the home is located, RHP Properties North Valley, did not respond to KSAT’s requests for a statement.
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