A Honduran man who miraculously fled a Central American human trafficking ring had been kidnapped by smugglers in Texas after asking for help.
Rosenberg Police Department said Friday that Amy Regalado and Ricado Mejia were arrested and charged with aggravated kidnapping and assault in connection with the bizarre case.
The 21-year-old victim was brought to the US from Honduras and was able to escape the criminal group “in an uninhabited area in South Texas.”
The man had to walk alone for days before reaching a gas station and asking for help only to be kidnapped again by local smugglers.
His aunt who resides in America called the police after the two suspects called her and asked for ransom to free her nephew.
“Local law enforcement agencies did an outstanding job putting a stop to a criminal episode that spanned international borders,” Police Assistant Chief Nethery said.
“It is shameful in this day and age, in a country that leads the free world, to have people bought and sold like animals.”
“The most significant aspect of this tragedy is that this young man escaped, reached out for help, and was returned to captivity. This is the definition of evil.”