As the border crisis in the United States continues, more and more cases are coming to light of horrendous situations involving human smugglers sexually abusing migrant women and putting children and babies on rafts to cross the Rio Grande Valley River in Texas.
According to a posting on the official website of U.S. Customs and Border Protection website, during the last few days, the Border Patrol and Coast Guard have encountered all kinds of situations involving cartel smugglers who profit from the lives of migrants.
This Monday night, according to information provided by Border Patrol officials, agents found a desperate migrant woman who had escaped a sexual assault by a human smuggler.
The woman, of Honduran origin, told agents that she had just crossed the border with her husband and child. She said the smuggler separated her from her family, asked them to hide elsewhere, and threw her to the ground, and tore her shirt and pants. The woman fought off the assailant and was able to escape.
McAllen station officers quickly contacted local officers, but they were unable to locate the assailant.
During this weekend, the Coast Guard rescued infants, children, and adults from rafts. On Saturday afternoon near Penitas, Texas, they came upon a raft, attempting to cross the Rio Grande, which contained more than 20 people. The raft began to fill with water, and agents had to rescue the migrants.
When the Coast Guard boat approached the raft, two suspected smugglers jumped into the water and swam towards Mexico. The other people were safely rescued and turned over to agents at the McAllen Border Patrol station. Among those rescued were two infants.
In another case, this Sunday afternoon, Coast Guard agents rescued nine migrants who were on a sinking raft. In the boat, which was pushed far from shore by smugglers, were a nine-month-old baby and two unaccompanied children. The migrants were without life jackets and screamed for help as the raft began to sink. They were rescued and delivered safely to agents at the McAllen Border Patrol Station.
On Friday, two migrants who were lost and in distress activated a mobile rescue beacon and were quickly located by agents from the Kingsville Border Patrol Station and transported to the station, where they received medical assistance.
The Border Patrol is working hard to locate and assist migrants who have been mistreated and abandoned by human smugglers.
At the Falfurrias Border Patrol checkpoint, 70 people were found inside a tractor-trailer and processed by local authorities.