U.S. Customs Border Patrol (CBP) agents in El Paso have stopped 23 human trafficking attempts in the past week, bringing attention to another issue that has plagued the southern border.
In the past week, the agents reported seeing multiple people emerging from a storm drain near Ascarate Park and jumping into an SUV. After pulling the vehicle over, five illegal immigrants were found, coming from Honduras, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Mexico, with one being an unaccompanied juvenile from Mexico.
The driver will be charged with conspiracy to transport, and the five illegals will be prosecuted, for illegally entering the country.
According to a press release on Jan. 12, the El Paso Sector stopped 23 “human smuggling events,” which led to over 104 illegal immigrants apprehended and nine with criminal backgrounds arrested.
In a separate incident, agents with the El Paso Human Intelligence Unit prosecuted a Nicaraguan citizen who entered the U.S. illegally after being deported.
The man, 52, was found in a group of 14 illegal immigrants who crossed the border. After an investigation, it was revealed that in 2001, he was convicted of aggravated battery for controlled substance trafficking in Florida.
“El Paso Sector Border Patrol agents continue to successfully disrupt human smuggling schemes and the illicit operations of transnational criminal organizations,” said El Paso Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Anthony Scott Good. “Migrants should not listen to the lies of smugglers and make the dangerous journey, only to be turned back. When migrants cross the border illegally, they put their lives in danger.”
The disruption of the human smuggling incident came a day after the Department of Homeland Security encouraged people to wear blue in support of fighting against human trafficking.
All you need is a piece of blue clothing!
Join us today in supporting the fight against #HumanTrafficking by wearing a piece of blue and posting a pic to social media with #WearBlueDay. Learn more with @DHSBlueCampaign. ⬇️ https://t.co/NkqwOYeAus pic.twitter.com/xOQn2oyrd0
— Homeland Security (@DHSgov) January 11, 2024
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas also made an X post against human trafficking, which received a lot of criticism.
Today we wear blue to recognize the victims of human trafficking, pay tribute to those who work to rescue the victims and hold the perpetrators accountable, and recommit ourselves to the critical mission of eradicating this vicious crime. https://t.co/LhcxquGRqX
— Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas (@SecMayorkas) January 11, 2024
One user called him the “ring leader of the largest human trafficking ring in American history.”
You're literally the ring leader of the largest human trafficking ring in American history.
— sassbackwards (@Walkingmayo) January 11, 2024
According to the latest statistics from CBP, it is estimated that 40.3 million people are victims of human trafficking worldwide, with one in four being children.
#FBIElPaso spoke to @elpasoya and Noticias26 about raising awareness about Human Trafficking. To learn more about Human Trafficking, visit https://t.co/nWnIpBd9yj, call 1-888-373-7888, or text 233733. Together, we can protect our communities. pic.twitter.com/Xv4bmP4mfi
— FBI El Paso (@FBIElPaso) January 12, 2024