Photo: Central American migrants rescued
Marines found 104 Honduran and Salvadoran migrants in Nuevo Laredo, a border city in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, the Navy Secretariat said.
The 102 Hondurans and two Salvadorans are presumed to have been “deprived of their freedom,” the secretariat said.
Marines launched an operation to find the migrants last Thursday after receiving a tip from a citizen, who said “armed people” arrived at a house and “violently removed people of both sexes,” the secretariat said.
Marines went to the house in the 150 Aniversario district of Nuevo Laredo, a city of some 400,000 located across the Rio Grande from Laredo, Texas, and found “a total of 104 people (91 men and 13 women) who said they were of foreign nationality,” the secretariat said.
The migrants tol marines they “had been presumably held against their will for four days,” the secretariat said.
The Central Americans were handed over to immigration officials and will likely be deported, the secretariat said.
An estimated 300,000 Central Americans undertake the hazardous journey across Mexico each year on their way to 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, Mexican officials say.