EDINBURG, TX – Hidalgo County Sheriff’s deputies rescued a 30-year-old woman Monday who had been held against her will and continuously beaten and sexually abused by her captor, according to investigators.
The woman told investigators she entered the United States illegally in December 2015 and was taken to a home in the 2100 block of Citation Road near Edinburg, where she had been held against her will by a suspected human smuggler.
Pedro Correa is accused of breaking one of the woman’s fingers, beating her on multiple occasions and sexually assaulting her repeatedly until she was able to call 9-1-1 for help, according to a Thursday news release.
The unidentified woman was taken to a local hospital, where she continues to recover.
Correa was arrested and taken before a justice of the peace Thursday when he was charged with the first-degree felony charge of aggravated sexual assault and issued a $200,000 bond, the release states.
The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to identify homes being used for human smuggling or as stash houses for undocumented immigrants.
In many cases, the people being smuggled by human trafficking organizations become victims of serious criminal offenses, such as aggravated assaults, robberies, or sexual assaults, states the news release.