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28 people held against their will in South Austin mobile home

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28 people found in Southeast Austin mobile home.  Photo by Matt Olsen / KVUE

KVUE -- Police are on the scene of a human smuggling situation in southeast Austin.

Officials say they received a tip Tuesday morning from the Paisano mobile home community at the 5400 block of Freidrich Ln. near Ben White and Woodward. Police found 28 people, all adult men and women, in a mobile home that police said they believe had been smuggled to Texas from Central America and were being held against their will.

Police say they plan to interview all 28 people to try to determine who is responsible for the smuggling. As of Tuesday afternoon no arrests had been made.

The people removed from the trailer were taken onto a Capital Metro bus. Two people were taken to the hospital.

Neighbors say they had no idea this had been happening until Tuesday morning. Police say they don't know how long the people were held in the mobile home.



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