Police Rescue 23 Migrants Kidnapped in Mexico

By Dialogo
August 02, 2013

In total 23 people from El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico were rescued from a house in the Mexican city of Nuevo Laredo (north), where they were held as hostages by smugglers, the Prosecution reported.

The institution said that due to an anonymous call, on July 31 state agents were able to find the house where the 23 people were held, including four women, according to a prosecution official from Tamaulipas, Nuevo Laredo state, on the border with the United States.

The victims stated that they were held hostage for several days in that house, waiting for their families to pay a ransom, so that they could be transported to the United States and released in North American territory.

The agents arrested two of the men holding the migrants captive.

In addition, the police said that other traffickers in two trucks in the municipality of Comitán, southeast of the country, abandoned a group of 27 Guatemalan and Honduran migrants.

Among them, there are 15 from Guatemala and 12 from Honduras, said the Comitán Police (state of Chiapas) in a report, and added that traffickers apparently abandoned the migrants because one of the vehicles transporting the victims broke down.

About 140,000 foreigners cross the Mexican border illegally every year, in an effort to arrive in the United States, and many of them are victims of theft, extortion, kidnapping and murder.