ICE agents rescue 3 kids held hostage by smugglers in Phoenix

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PHOENIX – Agents with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) say they have rescued three children being held hostage by smugglers in Phoenix.

The parents of the three children, from El Salvador, allegedly paid $13,000 to have the kids smuggled into the United States and delivered to Washington, D.C. but after the smugglers demanded additional ransom twice, the parents contacted federal officials for help.

ICE investigators worked to find the children and have them delivered to a safe location in the Valley. The children will be united with their parents.

The smuggling investigation is ongoing.