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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – Houston police say several illegal immigrants were held hostage by suspected human trafficking smugglers.

Seven illegal immigrants were held against their will inside a southeast Houston home by several suspected smugglers Sunday. When Houston police arrived and entered the home, several people, both the hostages and the suspected smugglers, began to run.

The suspected smugglers were taken into custody. Several of the illegal immigrants who were held hostage have also been detained by immigration officials, KPRC reports.

Messages left by CBS Houston for Houston police about the status of the case were not immediately returned.

The bust adds another example to the city’s popularity for being a human trafficking hub. The Department of Justice has attributed the “Space City’s” growing popularity in human trafficking cases due to the city having a diverse community as well as its proximity to the border.

Just two weeks ago, Houston police found about 14 illegal immigrants, including an 8-year-old girl, being held hostage in an east Houston home. Police told KHOU at the time that the alleged smugglers in that incident expected to make around $60,000 from the families of the illegal immigrants in exchange for their release.

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