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.”
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.