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Five Charged in Houston Stash House Bust

Prosecutors say men acted as armed guards, paid to watch over 115 illegal immigrants held for ransom in Houston home.
(KPRC) Five men will face federal charges after police say they held 115 people for ransom inside a south Houston, Texas home.

Jose Aviles-Villa, Jonathan Solorazano-Tavila, Antonio Barruquet-Hildiberta, Jose Cesmas-Borja and Eugenio Sesmas-Borja were charged with hostage taking, unlawful possession of a firearm and conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens.

"Houston and Harris County has always been a hub for human smuggling and human trafficking for many years," said Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia. "Thanks to recent efforts to increase awareness to this issue, we have worked to inform and educate the public about human trafficking that has effected the labor industry. There are now dedicated resources to confront the issues."

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