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Bodies Discovered in Hot Truck Reveals Grim Reality of Smuggling Migrant Crisis

Written by Zamena Manekia Manji, Anchored by ZainabRights, Produced by Fatima El-Zein

When 53 migrants were found dead in the back of a hot truck in San Antonio, Texas, the grim reality of the dangers of human smuggling was brought to light. With TMJ News Network, Zainab Rights brings you the latest headline.


Truck driver Homero Zamorano and his correspondent Christian Martinezare have been charged in connection with the bodies discovered on a truck smuggling migrants in San Antonio, Texas on June 27th. 

53 people were found dead in the truck including 40 men and 13 women. The truck was smuggling 60 migrants from Mexico to the US and was discovered in an industrial area.

Those found alive, including 4 children, were taken to a hospital. The bodies were in the back of the trailer truck traveling at a temperature of 100 degrees Farenheight (100F). Authorities said the migrants died suffering heatstroke and heat exhaustion after being left inside with no water or air conditioning. 

The bodies were sprinkled with steak seasoning in an attempt to diminish the smell of the corpses.

According to a federal law document, some of the migrants attempted to escape the 18 – wheeler as dead bodies were also found several blocks away. The driver claims that he was unaware of the air conditioner not working which led to the deaths of 53 people. He will face lifetime imprisonment if convicted. 

This was followed by another incident where at least 4 migrants were killed and 2 in critical condition in Encinal, Texas when the car smuggling the migrants crashed with a TNI Trucking vehicle.  

Human traffickers are known to use trucks to transport undocumented migrants, usually for large sums of cash, after meeting them in remote areas once they have managed to cross into the United States. The migrants came from Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala desperate for a better life in the US, escaping poverty and desperation. Many perish while trying to make this dangerous journey.

Just in May, a record 239,000 undocumented migrants were detained crossing into the US from Mexico.


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  • Zainab Rights

    Zainab Rights is a Muslim American Journalist and Editor in Chief at TMJ News Network. She holds a double degree in Political Science and Homeland Security and a Masters in Journalism from Harvard University. She has over 12 years of experience in political commentary, writing and video production.

  • Zamena Manekia Manji

    Zamena Manekia Manji is a breaking news writer for TMJ News with experience of over 10 years in the field. Her areas of focus are important breaking stories in North America specifically untold stories from a minority lens.

  • Fatima El-Zein

    Fatima El-Zein is Lead Producer at TMJ News where she aims to bring more awareness about her community through storytelling. El-Zein grew up in Toronto, where she completed her undergraduate degree in Journalism at the University of Toronto and also received a diploma in Journalism from Centennial College. She has worked extensively for CBC News before moving to the United States.

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