Honduran Teen Claims She Was Sexually Assaulted En Route to United States
Eagle Pass, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Eagle Pass Station apprehended a 17-year-old Honduran National who stated she was sexually assaulted on several occasions, in Mexico, before entering the United States.
“Migrants who choose to make the journey to illegally enter the United States place themselves at the mercy of smugglers who have no regard for life or safety,” said Del Rio Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Matthew J. Hudak. “Unfortunately, this child’s story is not unique.”
On March 8, at approximately 8 p.m., Eagle Pass Station Border Patrol agents arrested a Honduran female, 17. During initial processing, the unaccompanied child (UAC) stated that during her travels, through Mexico from Honduras, she was sexually assaulted on numerous occasions from January to February.
She will be processed as per CBP Guidelines. The Honduran and Mexican consulates were informed of the sexual assault.
The Del Rio Border Patrol Sector is part of the Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity call the Del Rio Sector’s toll free number at 1-866-511-8727.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.