“They looked like refugees from a third world country,” said the sheriff who rescued them in the United States.
US police rescued 11 children living in captivity in a “filthy caravan” in Amalia, New Mexico. Two men were detained.
Eight Taos County police officers rushed to the scene as part of an investigation into the disappearance of a three-year-old child. Instead of finding them, they encountered 11 children aged 1 to 15 years.
“They looked like refugees from a third world country, had no food, no drinking water and no shoes and were dressed in dirty rags,” Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said in a statement posted on Facebook.
“The only food we found was potatoes and a box of rice in the filthy caravan,” he said.
Lucas Morten and Siraj Wahhaj, the two men on the scene, were detained. They were armed but there was no shooting.
Three women, whom authorities believe are the progenitors of the children, were also detained. The children were placed in the custody of the state.
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