Ecuadorean Jailed for Organizing Deadly Migrant Trip
By Dialogo October 19, 2012
A human trafficking suspect was sentenced to 12 years in prison for sending a group of Ecuadorean citizens to Mexico on a trip that ended with four of them killed in a massacre, authorities said on October 17.
Jose Vasquez, who was arrested in August in southwestern Ecuador, was also fined US$8,760 by a court, Canara province prosecutor Romeo Garate told reporters.
Vasquez, an Ecuadorean national, was identified as the organizer of the fateful trip by one of the survivors of the August 23, 2010, massacre in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, which left a total of 72 Latin American migrants dead.
Mexican authorities say the killing was committed by the powerful Los Zetas drug cartel because the migrants refused to join the gang.
An estimated 140,000 Latin American citizens cross Mexico every year in the hope of reaching the United States, a perilous journey filled with thefts, kidnappings and murders.