HANCOCK COUNTY, Ind. (May 7, 2014) – A man was arrested in connection with a human trafficking case in Hancock County Tuesday morning.
The arrest came after a traffic stop by an observant trooper around 11:15 a.m. on eastbound I-70 at the 96 mile marker. The traffic stop ended with one man in jail and another facing deportation.
During the course of the stop the trooper found inconsistencies in the stories of the two adult males and two male juveniles that were in the vehicle.
Further investigation revealed that the two juveniles, who are cousins and approximately 12 and 13 years old, were being held against their will and were being transported to Columbus, Ohio, to work off a debt that their family owed to unnamed subjects in Mexico.
The Department of Homeland Security Investigations were called to the scene and assisted with the investigation.
The two juveniles were placed in the custody of Child Protective Services.
Romulo Molina, 26, of Honduras was arrested and charged with human trafficking, a class B felony. He was transported to the Hancock County Jail without incident.
The second male was released to the Department of Homeland Security Investigations and is facing deportation.