Estefany’s journey

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NJ.com

The two gunmen kept watch over the kidnapped teenagers, waiting for the ransoms to be paid. Six menacing pit bulls stood guard just feet away. And there, in the scorching summer heat of south Texas, Estefany and three other terrified and dehydrated young migrants awaited their fate. “They demanded that my aunt pay $500 or they’d ‘Take care of me,’” Estefany, a soft-spoken, raven-haired young woman, told NJ Advance Media in Spanish. The unaccompanied teens, lumped together in July 2021 while being smuggled from Mexico, were held hostage for more than 12 hours just inside the U.S. border. They s…

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