HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM) –  Houston police are investigating a possible human smuggling operation after nearly 30 people were found in a home in southwest Houston Thursday night, Dec. 3, KTRK-TV reported.

Officers showed up after receiving a call about a kidnapping in the 4800 block of Ridgeton Street.

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Police told KTRK-TV a man got away and was running down the street looking for help.

When officers went inside the home, they found all the people, 25 men and one woman.

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Houston police respond to possible human smuggling case (KTRK-TV)

Police said most of them told officers they were being held against their will.

The people in the house were taken to a nearby elementary school for temporary shelter.

Neighbors in the area have reportedly stepped in to help by providing them clothes.

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