A 6-month-old baby girl rescued from the Rio Grande River was allegedly thrown in by human smugglers. They also broke her mother’s leg. The rescue team comprised U.S. Border Patrol agents and Texas rangers from the Department of Public Safety (DPS).
Smugglers threw the baby girl from a raft while ferrying them across the Rio Grande River into the United States.
According to Texas DPS Lt. Christopher Olivarez, the mother and her child had been on a waiting list to be transported into the United States from Mexico since December, KVEO-TV reported.
Smugglers received $3,500 in payment to get them across the Rio Grande River and into the United States. The traffickers attacked the mother, breaking her leg while they were still in Mexico, Olivarez continued.
KVEO-TV added that the family of two join the other 67 adults and 150 Romanian children on rafts that crossed the river.
Both the mother and infant are currently safe in the U.S. Border Patrol’s custody, sharing the same shelters with other migrants who flooded illegally into the United States since Joe Biden became president.
The AP reported that by Monday, the number of unaccompanied migrant children detained in the United States had reached 17,000 after Biden overturned former President Trump’s expulsion scheme. The new administration approves expelling families that arrive together but spared parentless children.
Women and children illegally entering the country are among the fundamental causes of human trafficking, which had decreased dramatically under the Trump Administration.
In January, roughly 1,000 National Guardsmen were sent by the Mexican government to assist the U.S. Border agency with the significant rise of human trafficking operations. It was not enough. Earlier this March, the number was increased to 8,700 troops.
Breitbart disclosed that as the Mexican government carried out raids on hotels and stash houses, they discovered hundreds of sex trafficking victims. Additionally, illegal immigrants were also found jammed into tractor-trailers in large numbers. Usually, when they get rescued, the victims would refuse to give any information about the smugglers for fear of consequences to their family members.