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Saturday August 10, 2013

Mexican Authorities Detain 3 Bangladeshi Immigrants en Route to U.S.

Mexican Authorities Detain 3 Bangladeshi Immigrants en Route to U.S.

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Mexican authorities detained three undocumented migrants from Bangladesh and a Guatemalan man traveling with them who is suspected of people trafficking, prosecutors said.

The four were intercepted between the southeastern towns of Comalapa and Comitan while riding in a public-service vehicle, the Chiapas state Attorney General’s Office said Friday, adding that an anonymous tip was received.

The Bangladeshis, aged 22-28, were to be housed at a hotel in Comitan and then the group was to have continued its journey in a bid to reach the United States, the suspected people trafficker, Francisco Israel Velazquez Escobar, told authorities.

Separately, Mexican authorities detained 33 Central American migrants, 11 of them minors, who were traveling by bus en route to the United States, the National Migration Institute, or INM, said Friday.

The group was detained in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz.

The 22 adults were identified as 16 Hondurans, five Salvadorans and a Guatemalan who were in the country illegally, the INM said, adding that the minors were of several different nationalities.

Thus far in 2013, the INM’s delegation in Veracruz has intercepted 798 foreign minors - 75 percent of whom were traveling alone - between the ages of 11 and 17, according to official figures.

Those minors were from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Nepal and Peru.