Eight people found dead in truck in Texas 'human trafficking crime'

Eight people found dead in truck in Texas 'human trafficking crime'

Eight people were found by police in a sweltering tractor-trailer in a Walmart parking lot in San Antonio, Texas, early Sunday morning.

Police are now investigating a suspected human trafficking ring and it is believed the people found in the truck have been smuggled into the United States illegally.

Twenty people inside the truck's trailer were hospitalized with critical or serious injuries while another eight people are being treated for other injuries.

Hood said those in the trailer were left there without any signs of water. Air ambulances (AirLife), and the SAFD Ambus (mobile mass casualty transportation vehicle) were also both utilized to transport the multitude of patients we encountered. He said someone from the truck approached him and asked for a glass of water. The employee gave them water and called 911.

San Antonio police Chief William McManus said he suspects human trafficking at the heart of the incident.

McManus initially called it a case of human trafficking and at the end of the conference said that this "is not an isolated incident".

Police were also searching the area with helicopters after some people ran into the woods.

On Sunday, San Antonio-based U.S. Attorney Richard Durbin Jr. said those responsible for the deaths are "ruthless human smugglers indifferent to the well-being of their fragile cargo".

The driver was arrested, and almost 20 others rescued from the rig were hospitalized in dire condition, many with extreme dehydration and heatstroke, officials said.

In addition to the eight people dead in the vehicle, authorities found a further 30 people inside the truck, many of whom were dehydrated and suffering from heat stroke in the rising temperatures, Reuters reported.

Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) criticized SAPD for calling the federal government before involving migrant support organizations such as itself. The U.S. Homeland Security Department stepped in to take the lead in the investigation. On July 7, agents found 72 people crammed into a truck with no means of escape, the agency said. The men and women of ICE are proud to stand alongside our law enforcement partners, including locally and at the U.S. Department of Justice, to combat these smuggling networks and protect the public and those who would fall victim to their unsafe practices that focus exclusively on their illicit profits.

In 2003, nineteen immigrants were found dead in a tractor-trailer in Texas. All were taken to several hospitals. In the southeast, it has a long border with Mexico.

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