- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 20, 2014

More than 100 suspected illegal immigrants were found being held hostage in a filthy Houston stash house on Wednesday, police said.

The hostages — 94 adult males, 14 adult females and two children — were held against their will by smugglers in the one-story home, KHOU 11 News reported. Five smugglers were arrested following the raid.

“There is no hot water in the house,” said Houston Police Department spokesman John Cannon. “There is a toilet that partially works — one bathroom for in excess of 100 people.”


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Police said there was human waste all over the house and deadlocks on the inside doors to keep the hostages from being able to escape.

The victims included a 24-year-old pregnant woman and her two children, ages 5 and 7, the station reported. The woman’s mother had tipped police that a smuggler, who was paid to bring them across the border from Mexico, refused to release them until he got more money.

The victims will be turned over to immigration.