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Suspected human trafficking operation after police find more than 90 people in Texas

Suspected human trafficking operation after police find more than 90 people in Texas

More than 90 people have been found at a house in southwest Houston that investigators suspect to be part of a human trafficking operation, police said Friday.

Authorities initially served a search warrant at the house after someone called police Thursday night to report a loved one was being held there, Deputy Police Chief Daryn Edwards said.

A special tactics team entered the house, Edwards said, and found a large group of huddled adults – five women and the other men.

The individuals told authorities they had not eaten for a while.

“It was a big surprise when we walked into the house and saw what we saw,” said Edwards.

Agents have asked health officials to test captives for coronavirus infections after some complained of possible symptoms of COVID-19, including fever and loss of smell and taste, said Edwards.

Anyone who tested positive would likely be quarantined, he said.

Police continued to investigate who rented the house and how the individuals ended up inside.

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