Police find 8 dead in Walmart parking lot, 17 in critical condition

Police find 8 dead in Walmart parking lot, 17 in critical condition

Early Sunday morning, eight people were found dead inside an 18-wheeler trailer that was parked at a Walmart in San Antonio, Texas.

While there are no official law enforcement statistics, almost 32,000 cases of human trafficking in the United States have been reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline in the last decade. It's unclear how long the semi truck had been parked there, but investigators say it did not have working air conditioning.

The police of the U.S. city of San Antonio, Texas, found eight people dead in the back of a trailer parked near a supermarket, according to official statement. "It was a mass casualty situation for us".

McManus said a passenger in the truck asked a Walmart employee for water.

"We got a call from a Walmart employee".

McManus initially called it a case of human trafficking and at the end of the conference said that this "is not an isolated incident". A search of the surrounding area was also conducted to attempt to locate any patients that may have attempted to flee the scene.

Local and federal officials released statements and took to social media Sunday to speak on what many have described as a "horrific" human trafficking crime that took the lives of 8 people and hospitalized 30 others.




There have been many cases of migrants-often scores at a time-stranded and killed in northern Mexico when the truck they are being moved in was abandoned in heat by drivers. According to the prosecutors, the truck driver of that vehicle could hear the victims in the back begging for water but refused to free them, leading to their deaths. "Prosecute smugglers, pray for survivors and the victims' families, stop the hysteria, reform our broken immigration system".

The Department of Homeland Security is involved in the investigation.

SAPD Chief William McManus said the trailer appeared to be a smuggling operation. "These people were helpless in the hands of their transporters", Durbin said.

Temperatures in San Antonio reached highs of 100 degrees or more on multiple days in the past week.

"Checking the video, there were a number of vehicles that came and picked up other people who were in that trailer", McManus said.

Illegal migration over the U.S. border with Mexico is an everyday fact. In a 2016 report published by the United States Department of Labor, the DOL said 139 goods from 75 countries are manufactured by forced or child labor.

The US immigration department is trying to establish the immigration status of the victims.

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