1 arrested, 1 facing deportation after traffic stop

Romulo Molina (Provided Photo/Indiana State Police)
Romulo Molina (Provided Photo/Indiana State Police)

HANCOCK COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) – One man was arrested and another man is facing deportation after a traffic stop Tuesday morning.

According to a release, an Indiana State Police trooper stopped a car on Interstate 70 in Hancock County around 11:15 a.m. for a traffic violation. Police say during the traffic stop, the trooper found inconsistencies in the stories of the two men and the two juveniles in the car.

After investigating, it was determined the two juveniles—around 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 unidentified individuals in Mexico, the release said.

Police say the Department of Homeland Security Investigations was called to the scene. The juveniles  were placed in the custody of Child Protective Services.

State Police say Romulo Molina, 26, of Honduras was arrested and preliminarily charged with human trafficking, a Class B Felony. He was taken to the Hancock County Jail. The second man was released to the Department of Homeland Security Investigations and is facing deportation.

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