AUSTIN -- 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 Park at 5400 Freidrich Lane, near Ben White and Woodward. In one of the mobile homes, police found 28 people, all adult men and women, that police said they believe had been smuggled to Texas from Central America and were being held against their will. Detectives didn't say if the people were bound or chained.

Police say they plan to interview all 28 people to try to determine which of the people are victims and which are suspects. As of Tuesday evening, 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, but their conditions are unknown.

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.

There is also concern among police that there could be similar cases in other parts of the city that may be connected to this one. Police said they expect for this investigation to go well into Tuesday evening.

The Austin Police Department Human Trafficking Unit and SWAT are on scene. Police are asking people to avoid the area.

Uphaus Early Childhood Center on Freidrich Lane was on lockdown as officials investigated.

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