The Federal Bureau of Investigation raided a home in Fort Worth, Texas, and arrested two suspects for human smuggling.
The FBI raided the home during the early morning hours on Friday and located 21 Honduran refugees who were allegedly being held captive.
The FBI and the Fort Worth Police Department were among the agencies involved in the discovery.
Fort Worth Police arrested Gonzalo Ramirez, 33, and Carlos Plata Ibarra, 35, and charged them with Person Smuggling.
The victims had been “stripped naked, unfed, cold, and scared and held hostage” by “coyotes,” smugglers who traffic humans across the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a statement from Domingo Garcia, the national president of the League of United Latin American Citizens, a Hispanic and Latin-American civil rights organization in the U.S.
Officials said the victims had not eaten for a number of days.
They have been granted temporary deportation immunity under the terms of a special visa that protects victims of alleged crimes. They were later released to LULAC, which provided them with shelter, clothing, and food.
According to officials, the incident is still under investigation.