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From the street, the little brown house was unremarkable yet pleasant. A bright yellow toy school bus and red truck hung on the hog-wire fence, and the home’s facade featured a large Texas “Lone Star.”

But in the backyard was a gutted mobile home that a prosecutor later described as a “house of horrors.” It was discovered one day in 2014, when a man called from Maryland to report that his stepfather, Moises Ferrera, a migrant from Honduras, was being held there and tortured by smugglers who had brought him into the United States.

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