LULAC IOWA demands immediate investigation into Human Trafficking ties to Iowa


Bettendorf, IA, July 24, 2017 – As the death toll climbs to 10 in the human trafficking tragedy in San Antonio, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) of Iowa calls for answers. Facts at the scene in Texas and initial investigation reveal connections to Iowa.

At least ten immigrants have died after being left with dozens more in a tractor-trailer parked in San Antonio in severe heat conditions. The truck had an Iowa license plate and was registered to Pyle Transportation Inc. of Schaller, Iowa. LULAC Iowa officials say people and organizations involved in this crime need to be held accountable.

 “We send our sympathies and condolences to the victims’ families” said Michael Reyes, LULAC of Iowa State Director. “We are extremely troubled that there are Iowa ties to this tragedy and demand a complete investigation. Finding out what really happened and identifying the people and organizations involved is imperative.”


LULAC Iowa members say it’s important to get all the facts in this human trafficking case. If Iowans are actually tied to the crimes, we need to know. LULAC Iowa’s leaders want to prevent future tragedy.


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The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities.  Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future.  For more information, visit

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