Human trafficking tragedy claims 10 lives in US

Jerome Frank
July 27, 2017

At least nine undocumented immigrants died after being trapped inside a tractor-trailer at a Walmart parking lot in the southern Texas city of San Antonio, officials confirmed Sunday afternoon.

The discovery was made after one of the people in the truck approached a Walmart worker and asked for water, who then called the police.

Bradley said he only noticed something was unusual when he pulled over at a San Antonio Walmart to go to the bathroom and heard banging from inside the trailer.

At least two "school-age" children were among the group, The Times reports, and the youngest injured individuals were 15 years old. San Antonio's fire chief said those found alive are being treated at nearby hospitals, many for "heat stroke or heat injuries".

"We quickly called a mass casualty incident and had about 29 units arrive out there and start transporting people", San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood told CNN. Thirteen others were taken on Priority 2 status: not immediately life-threatening.

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"We're looking at a human-trafficking crime this evening", McManus said. 30 people were also discovered in the truck.

The driver was arrested at the scene in what Texas authorities are calling a horrendous case of human trafficking. According to officials, the truck's air conditioning did not work.

It was over 100 degree Fahrenheit (37.8 degree Celsius) in San Antonio on Sunday. Some of the people who had been in the trailer ran into the woods, he said.

Security camera footage from the parking lot showed several cars arriving to pick up people who had survived the journey.

Acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Thomas Homan said based on interviews with survivors, more than 100 people could have been packed into the trailer. The driver is facing state and federal charges.

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