Houston police chief believes immigration reform will help prevent human trafficking

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on March 21, 2014 at 12:45 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 21 at 12:45 AM

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HOUSTON -- Houston's police chief says local law enforcement are not looking to deport victims of human trafficking.

HPD Chief Charles McClelland testified at a congressional field hearing Thursday held in Houston.

It comes after Wednesday’s bust of one of the biggest stash houses in the city’s history. More than a hundred suspected illegal immigrants were found locked inside a small Houston home.

McClelland said the department is training all of its officers to recognize signs of human trafficking.

"Now the Vice Division in the Houston Police Department has always investigated reports of human trafficking,” said McClelland. “It's just now that we have a unit where that is their sole purpose."

McClelland told the panel he believes immigration reform will help prevent people from turning to illegal means of getting into the country.

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