A young girl from Houston who has been missing since last week was recently rescued by police officers in Louisiana from being a potential victim of human trafficking.
According to deputies from the St. Tammy Parish Sherriff’s Office, the girl was found while travelling with three illegal immigrants.
The juvenile was reported missing by her family on Jan. 5. Then, a couple of days later, she was discovered travelling in a different state with three suspicious individuals.
Police officers were able to rescue the girl through a routine traffic stop at Interstate 12 near the city of Mandeville in Louisiana.
According to the law enforcers, they stopped a red Honda Civic because the car’s high beams were turned on even though it was travelling during the day time. The vehicle also had a Texas license plate.
Upon stopping the car, the police officers immediately recognized the girl from the missing report. After identifying the girl, they immediately apprehended that three men that she was travelling with.
The deputies said the male occupants of the vehicle were all undocumented immigrants from Guatemala. No charges have been filed against the three main individuals but investigations as to why they were with the missing girl are still on going.
According to the police, the girl may have been kidnapped and might have ended up as a victim of human trafficking if not for the efforts of the deputies. It is not yet clear if the three undocumented immigrants are connected to the girl’s case.
“We are uncertain of the circumstances that occurred in Houston, and not sure what the intentions were of these three men,” Sherriff Randy Smith said in a statement according to 25 WPBF News.
“However, we are happy that this young lady is now safe and back home with her family,” he added.