After 180 migrants were discovered, a Texas Border Patrol agent was charged with human trafficking.

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After 180 migrants were discovered, a Texas Border Patrol agent was charged with human trafficking.

After more than 180 migrants were discovered at three stash houses earlier this month, a Texas Border Patrol agent was charged with human trafficking.

On May 21, an unnamed Laredo Sector Border Patrol agent was apprehended. A grand jury indicted them on felony charges “related to trafficking unauthorized immigrants for private gain,” according to a statement from US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP).

The agent, who joined the Border Patrol in 2008, has been placed on “indefinite suspension” as the Southern District of Texas’ US Attorney’s Office investigates.

Over 180 Central American immigrants living in “stash houses” in Laredo were uncovered by US legal authorities over a month ago, prompting the suspect’s arrest. Laredo is a city in Texas on the United States’ southern border.

On May 4, law enforcement officers uncovered 68 unauthorized immigrants residing in a single home. Authorities discovered a second house holding 50 unauthorized immigrants the same day. Authorities discovered a third residence with 65 undocumented persons later that evening.

“Stash homes continue to pose a threat to national security and our citizens, not only because of their usage by criminal organizations, but also because they endanger the people they exploit by concealing them in deteriorating close quarters like these,” the CBP stated in a statement.

No one at the houses was wearing personal protective equipment, which would have prevented them from contracting COVID-19. According to the CBP, the individuals are citizens of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico. The people had all been detained against their will, according to the CBP.

It was unclear whether the stash homes had anything to do with the Border Patrol officer who was charged with human trafficking on May 21.

Human trafficking often involves the recruitment, transportation and harboring of people by means of force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of exploitation, according to the United Nations documents on trafficking. Anywhere from 14,500 to 17,500 people are trafficked into the U.S. each year, according to the U.S. State Department.

Traffickers often lure people with promises of good jobs, education, economic security and love, according to Justice for Immigrants, a U.S. Catholic immigration reform organization.

Trafficking victims can then be held against. This is a brief summary.

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