Human trafficking deaths continue in Texas after fatal accident

Just days after dozens of migrants were found dead in a tractor-trailer, officials said a human trafficking incident in South Texas has left four people dead.

On Thursday afternoon, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety posted on social media that four people, described by the department as “immigrants,” were killed in an accident in Encinal, Texas.

department added That law enforcement “suspected the driver of human trafficking” and was trying to evade officers at the time of the accident. Officials said three people were also seriously injured in the debris.

Thursday’s fatal accident cAfter another fatality related to human trafficking near San Antonio on Monday. Thirty-three migrants have now died as a result, according to local news station WBNS.

According to the Associated Press, officials made the gruesome discovery after a city employee on board the truck heard someone calling for help. Inside the truck, which sat on a back road, were the bodies of migrants from Mexico and Central America hoping to bring it to the US

An official told the AP that the truck had passed a border inspection checkpoint in Laredo, Texas, before the bodies were discovered.

Basically, San Antonio officials said 46 immigrants died, while 16 others, including four children, were taken to hospital for heat stroke and heat exhaustion. On Tuesday, however, Mexico’s Foreign Affairs Secretary Marcelo Ebrard raised the number of fatalities to 50, which was raised to 53 on Thursday.

A Homeland Security official told the AP that Monday’s incident was the deadliest human trafficking attempt in the United States.

four people have been arrested and now facing federal charges In relation to Monday’s fatality near San Antonio, according to abc news.

in an appearance on Fox News On Thursday, Lieutenant Chris Oliverez of the Texas Department of Public Security said the federal government was to blame for the situation because of their lack of help.

“Well, that’s another example, a clear example of what the state of Texas is going to have to take on this responsibility to secure the border because the federal government fails to secure the border,” he said.

He also suggested that incidents like Thursday’s fatal crash in Texas are not uncommon.

“We are seeing an increase in human trafficking incidents along the southern border, where these human traffickers are putting these immigrants in dangerous situations by smuggling these immigrants into commercial vehicles and trailers and wooden crates and trunks of cars,” he said. .

After the news of the deaths on MondayTexas Republican Governor Greg Abbott blamed on the president Joe Biden and its administration.

“At least 42 people were found dead inside a truck carrying migrants in Texas. These deaths are on Biden. They are the result of his deadly open border policies. They show the fatal consequences of his refusal to enforce the law, ” They said. Posted on Twitter.

newsweek Contacted the Texas Department of Public Safety for further comment.

4 migrants killed in Texas accident
Four people described by local law enforcement as “migrants” were killed in an accident on Thursday and officials said they suspected the driver of human trafficking. Photo of an ambulance sitting near a hospital in Bellville, Texas on September 1, 2021.
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