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53 captives found, authorities say

May 12, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Fifty-three illegal immigrants -- including two 13-year-old girls -- were discovered being held against their will in a fortified Phoenix home by suspected smugglers demanding more money, authorities said.

The smugglers wanted an average of $2,500 for each person's release, authorities said. Five people, all residents of Mexico, were being jailed on charges of extortion, kidnapping, aggravated assault and human smuggling.

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