A compound in McLean, Va. is now the focus of a possible human trafficking ring — a Saudi diplomatic compound.
Federal agents with the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided a compound on the 6000 block of Orris Street in McLean that is said to be home of a “Saudi military attaché,” WUSA-TV reports.
The station also reports that federal agents rescued two women from the Philippines in the raid. A “source close to the investigation” told WUSA-TV that both women speak English and they were in the U.S. legally with passports.
Federal officials were tight-lipped about the case and would only confirm that they are looking into the instance as a possible human trafficking case.
“It’s unclear who alerted the authorities to these woman, but they are said to be safe in their care,” the station adds.
However, no charges have been filed and investigators are still trying to figure out who, if anyone, was holding these women and why. Even if investigators find someone is responsible for human trafficking, they might be eligible for diplomatic immunity because the alleged crimes occurred on sovereign soil.
A full investigation is underway.