Detectives Debunk Video Alleging Caruthers Ranch was Using Cages to Hold Humans Captive

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Fresno, August 18 (Punjab Mail)-During the last few weeks, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office fielded many calls from concerned citizens who reported seeing metal cages stored outdoors at a ranch in Caruthers. The source of these sightings was a video which had been posted on YouTube. Two unidentified men can be heard on the video saying these cages were used to hold people inside. A variety of assumptions quickly grew online and people began to say the cages were for human trafficking victims, fields workers and other inhumane purposes.
The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Division, which is a member of the Fresno County Human Trafficking Task Force, took these allegations seriously and conducted an investigation.
Detectives were able to identify the location of the cages and determined they were formerly used by the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation (CDCR) to provide a safe and secure area for protective custody inmates to participate in outdoor activities. The metal holding cells or “cages” have been retired from service and a local metal recycling business obtained these units directly from CDCR. The holding cells, currently in storage, will eventually be recycled or repurposed by local area farmers to protect agricultural supplies and pumps from theft. Once again, it has been confirmed there is no nexus to human trafficking related to these holding cells.
The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office vigorously investigates all reports and allegations of human trafficking. Should the public wish to report a tip related to human or labor trafficking, please call our dispatch at (559) 600-3111 or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-7867, www.valleycrimestoppers.org You will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.


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