Texas Panhandle Woman Allegedly Held 17 Migrants as Hostages in Home

Texas Panhandle Woman Allegedly Held 17 Migrants as Hostages in Home


A woman in Friona, Texas, faces federal charges for her role in a human smuggling stash house that held 17 migrants hostage. The migrants were forced to remain in the Texas Panhandle home until their debts to human smugglers were paid in full.

Local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies arrested 30-year-old Manuela Magdelena Jimon Castro on July 29 after executing a search warrant that uncovered 17 migrants allegedly being held hostage, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas. Prosecutors accuse the woman of operating the stash house and holding migrants hostage until fees owed to human smugglers were paid.

A criminal complaint filed by a special agent with the FBI alleges that Castro and her husband operated

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