Mexican police detained 43 undocumented migrants and six people who were holding them at a home in the city of Ecatepec, the Mexico state Attorney General’s Office said Friday.
Police discovered “30 men from India, two Salvadoran men and 11 people from Honduras, including five women,” the state AG’s office said in a statement.
The six Mexican nationals who appeared to be guarding the migrants were handed over to prosecutors on suspicion of human trafficking.
The migrants underwent medical checks and are likely to be repatriated to their respective homelands, the state AG’s office said.
Every year, tens of thousands of Central Americans undertake the journey across Mexico to reach the United States. The trek is a dangerous one, with criminals and corrupt Mexican officials preying on the migrants.
Gangs kidnap, exploit and murder migrants, who are often targeted in extortion schemes, officials say.