HOUSTON – Houston authorities are investigating possible human trafficking after more than 90 people were found inside a home Friday.
The people were found scattered inside a two-story home in the southwest part of the city, KTRK reported.
Officials with the Houston Police Department said they received a call about a kidnapping at the residence Thursday night, KRIV reported. By Friday, officers had gathered enough information to obtain a search warrant, the television station reported.
A SWAT team executed the warrant and discovered the large number of people inside the home, KRIV reported.
“When we got into the house we realized there were over 90 people inside,” Houston Police Assistant Chief Daryn Edwards said at a news conference Friday. “We immediately began to assess any threats and render medical care. It was very surprising.”
None of the people found in the home were children, KPRC reported. There were five women and the rest were men, the television station reported.
Police and Houston firefighters provided the people with food, water and medical attention, KTRK reported.
Investigators believe this is a smuggling case rather than a trafficking one, the television station reported. The investigation is ongoing.
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