150 Central American migrants found crammed in truck

150 Central American migrants found crammed in truck

Oct 1, 2015

Mexican immigration agents say they have rescued 150 migrants who were packed into the freight compartment of a truck without adequate ventilation or water supply.

The migrants are mainly from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. They told investigators they paid smugglers between $1,750 and $3,000 USD to be taken to the U.S. border.

The National Immigration Institute said Monday the migrants had been in the truck for 14 hours without any food or water. The institute said some of the migrants were almost losing consciousness.

Image #: 23426016    Illegal immigrants from Central America, Nepal and Bangladesh are seen in a trailer truck after being detected by police X-ray equipment at a checkpoint in La Pochota outside Tuxtla Gutierrez, capital of Mexico's Chiapas State, in this July 23, 2013 handout X-ray image provided by the Attorney General's Office (PGR) of Chiapas State. Mexico detained 94 illegal immigrants, including 19 from the Indian subcontinent, packed into the truck bound for the U.S. border, authorities said on Tuesday. Among the people found near the southern city of Tuxtla Gutierrez were 10 Nepalese and nine Bangladeshis trying to reach the U.S., officials said. The driver of the vehicle, who was from central Mexico, was arrested on human trafficking charges. The truck had set out from Huehuetenango, Guatemala, and police detected the migrants using an X-ray at the checkpoint after midnight on Monday.    REUTERS/Attorney General's Office/Handout (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY IMMIGRATION CRIME LAW POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)       REUTERS /HANDOUT /LANDOV

 Illegal immigrants from Central America, Nepal and Bangladesh are seen in a trailer truck after being detected by police X-ray equipment at a checkpoint in La Pochota outside Tuxtla Gutierrez,(PHOTO: REUTERS /HANDOUT /LANDOV)

Four suspected Mexican migrant traffickers were detained when the truck was stopped in the north-central state of Zacatecas.

Central American migrants have been forced to find new routes to the U.S. border since Mexico began raiding the freight train formerly known as “La Bestia” (The Beast); thousands of illegal migrants used to ride this train on top of the cargo containers from the southern state of Chiapas, all the way to the border with California, Arizona or Texas.

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