The Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) discovered a group of 43 undocumented migrants parked in a safe house in Laredo, Texas, the federal agency said Wednesday.
These arrests were the result of a joint effort between the Border Patrol, the Department of Homeland Security (HSI) Bureau of Investigations and the Webb County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO), CBP said in a press release.
The events occurred on November 23 when WCSO officials obtained information about the location of a possible safe house.
Border Patrol agents, along with sheriffs and HSI began guarding the home and knocked on the door to talk to the people inside.
A total of 43 people were found, all undocumented from Guatemala, Ecuador, Mexico and Honduras.
Several firearms were also found at the site.
None of the migrants required medical assistance.
The use of safe houses is a tactic used by human traffickers to “store” migrants in communities near the border with Mexico.
Undocumented migrants wait in these places while they are transported to their final destination in the interior of the country or in some cases until their families pay large sums of money for their release.
The Border Patrol recently posted on social networks a video warning migrants that it is not worth putting their lives at risk by putting themselves in the hands of human traffickers.
The agency asked the population to report suspicious activities such as human and/or drug trafficking, and to do so through the “Laredo Sector USBP” application or by calling toll-free 1-800-343-1994.