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Woman rescued from human-trafficking ring

Posted May 9, 2010 2:30 p.m. EDT
Updated May 9, 2010 2:47 p.m. EDT

— A Guilford County sheriff's deputy engaged a shootout Friday night to rescue a woman who authorities believe was forced into prostitution by a human-trafficking ring.

CBS News affiliate WFMY reports that deputies and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents received tips about human trafficking happening in a home at 700 English St. in Greensboro.

When deputies tried to execute a search warrant, a man inside the house fired at them, WFMY reported. A deputy fired back, but the suspect was taken into custody without anyone being injured.

Deputies found a woman who they say was being held against her will and forced to have sex with men. Authorities did not release her age but said she is not from the United States.

ICE agents took into custody four men inside the house who they believe were in the U.S. illegally.

Reyna Isabel-Reyes Caballero, who is from Honduras, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. The other three men were being held under ICE detainers.

The Guilford County Sheriff's Office is looking into charging the men with human trafficking under state law.

Deputies told WFMY the woman is the first recorded victim of human trafficking in Guilford County, but they believe the problem is under-reported.