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Human Trafficking reality in the U.S.. Honduran refugee kept shackled in Houston home

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
November 4th, 2013
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Sometimes, absolutely horrible things can happen next door. Authorities are reeling from the story of a Honduran man, who was kept chained and shackled in a southwest Houston home. He's told police that he was kept prisoner for 10 days by two people who demanded money from his family.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The 30-year-old man is now in custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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In the meantime, South Texas police are searching for a couple who allegedly kept the man, who reportedly illegally crossed the border into the U.S.

an illegal border crosser shackled at their home for ten days while demanding $3,000 from his family in Honduras.

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Discovered in his underwear, the4 man was shackled at the ankles and carrying a post he'd ripped out of a wall when a neighbor in the southwest Houston neighborhood spotted him scurrying up a fence. Police were called to the home on Wednesday of last week. The neighbor gave the victim some clothes and fed him while they waited for authorities.

The man has told officials that he traveled from Honduras to Texas, where he was kidnapped by human smugglers.

"He did say that for the past ten days he'd been kept there, they'd only feed him once a day," the anonymous neighbor told reporters. "He was nervous. He was asking if they were going to send him back. I said, 'Don't even worry about that,'" he said.

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The victim, who remains unidentified said he'd traveled more than 1,000 miles from Honduras and crossed the border illegally into McAllen, Texas, where immigrant smugglers had promised him employment opportunities in Houston.

Kidnapped, shackled, denied food and threatened with a gun, his captors demanded his family send $3,000 for his release. Houston SWAT teams searched the home and found it empty. Windows were covered by plywood.

The suspects were described as a woman and man in their late teens. Neighbors said the couple rented the home and kept to themselves.

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