Dozens of people have been rescued from a house in Texas where they were being held in a human smuggling operation.
Officers discovered them after a man was seen running in the street shouting he had been kidnapped and that others were being held at a property in the city of Houston.
Police forced entry into the building and found 29 men and one female, NBC News reported.
Three people were detained as possible suspects.
“Most of the people said they were picked up in Brownsville between two days and a week ago and that they were being held there,” Commander Jonathon Halliday said.
Most of the people rescued are from Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras and Cuba.
Immigration authorities were on the scene and planned to investigate, Mr Halliday added.
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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is involved, and the victims are cooperating with the agency.
All of those rescued were taken to a high school and given food and clothes, some of which was donated by neighbours.