SAN ANTONIO (AP) — U.S. Homeland Security investigators dismantled a South Texas ring that illegally smuggled thousands of immigrants across the border from Mexico and on to other parts of the state — often tucked in small, dangerous truck crawl spaces.

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This is in fact the surface of a much greater social problem that exists in Texas.  Some of the most useful findings that studies of V-codes, E-codes and ICDs demonstrate pertain to preventable human behavior and cultural and poverty-linked diseases and health issues.  In this NPHG study, pathways leading form Mexico into Texas also brought into this country many other controversial health problems, such as communicable disease, zoonotic diseases, illegal drugs, and a host of very unique health related matters. In the n-squared image displayed here, notice the small town in Texas at the Tex-Mex border.  It is very indicative of the main route taken by kids into this country.  It is also where the greatest amount of physical and sexual abuse of teenagers prevails. This may be due to a number of reasons, but two of the most commonly cited ones are teen age prostitution and "domestic servant" contracts. 

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