Eight people found dead in Texas truck, possibly human trafficking case

24 July, 2017, 00:12 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • 8 dead, 30 injured found inside semi-trailer at Walmart parking lot in Texas

Eight people were found dead on Sunday inside a sweltering tractor trailer parked at a Walmart store in San Antonio, Texas, and authorities said they were the victims of "ruthless" human traffickers.

A security guard at a Walmart in the southwest of the city received a tipoff from an unknown individual that a tractor-trailer in the store's parking lot was full of migrants, said Joe Arrington, a spokesman for the San Antonio Fire Department.

"We're looking at a trafficking crime here this evening".

Somebody from the truck asked a Walmart employee for water, and after bringing the water, that employee called the authorities.

McManus said police arrested the truck driver. The employee called the police after giving the person water. Measures to harden global borders encourage would-be migrants to turn to smugglers and fear of deportation deters whistle-blowing, they said.

He added that the people in the truck were "hot to the touch", adding the air conditioner in the trailer was not working.

Officers arrived at about 12:30 a.m.to find eight people deceased and dozens of others suffering from heat stroke or dehydration.

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It was not immediately clear how many people made it off the truck alive, McManus said.

He said the matter was "like in any other major incident" and was being treated like a mass-casualty crime.

It remains unclear how long the truck was parked in the lot, but authorities say they think internal temps reached an unbearable 130 degrees.

US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has been to Mexico twice to discuss immigration, human trafficking and the spiraling cross-border drugs trade.

Mr McManus said the deadly discovery "is not an isolated incident".

COPS are probing a suspected human trafficking ring after eight immigrants, including two children, were found dead inside a truck in a Walmart vehicle park. Most were from Central America, and 48 were minors.

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. A refrigeration truck, with no refrigeration, was filled with 38 undocumented people.

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