Police: Immigrants threatened with electric shock

Police: Immigrants threatened with electric shock

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BROADVIEW, IL - MAY 25: An undocumented immigrant stands cuffed and shackled at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) processing facility before he and other undocumented immigrants were transported to the airport for a deportation flight May 25, 2010 in Broadview, Illinois. The immigrants at the suburban Chicago facility were flown by charter flight to Harlingen, Texas where they were then bussed to Brownsville and finally walked to the Mexican border and released from custody. The U.S. deports over 350,000 immigrants a year for entering the country illegally, most are Mexican, and more than 90 percent are men. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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by ASSOCIATED PRESS

khou.com

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 17 at 3:24 PM

SAN JUAN, Texas (AP) - Authorities say more than 40 immigrants hidden by smugglers in a South Texas home were threatened with electric shock and kept from eating if they disobeyed orders.
   
A criminal complaint released Monday shows the immigrants were found in a home in San Juan, just east of McAllen. Authorities say they're primarily from Honduras but some are from other Central and South American countries.
   
The Monitor newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/1q9HOQR ) 30-year-old Ezequiel Vasquez Baneco is accused of running the stash house and has been charged with two counts of human smuggling. Vasquez is being held without bond in federal custody.
   
One of the immigrants apparently escaped the home and notified authorities Thursday.

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