mexico officials find 123 migrants, including 34 children, trapped in trailer
The officials in Mexico found 123 migrants, including 34 children, trapped in a locked trailer box in the central state of San Luis Potosi on Thursday. They were continuously crying for help.
Mexico’s immigration agency said that most migrants were from Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras. Four migrants were from Ecuador and one from Cuba, according to Mexico’s National Immigration Institute.
A local resident reported about the incident to the authorities after hearing cries from a locked trailer box. The officials reached the spot to take them out. The migrants were given food and medical assistance.
What happened to 123 migrants?
The officials from the state attorney general’s office found the 123 migrants in Matehuala, a city in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosi. The Mexican authorities provided them with accommodation.
The officials did not reveal where the migrants were heading, but most people from different countries travel through the Americas to reach the United States in search of a better life. It was not known how the migrants were trapped inside the trailer box.
It is not known if migrants found in the trailer box are part of the massive migrant caravan, currently making its way from southern Mexico to the United States. Thousands of people have already joined the migrant caravan heading to the U.S.-Mexico border. Most of the people hail from Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras and Venezuela. On Sunday, at least 100 people left from the Mexican city of Tapachula to join the migrant caravan.
On Thursday, the police in Ciudad Juárez, a Mexican city on the Rio Grande, just south of El Paso, Texas, arrested three human smugglers after finding 11 migrants from Guatemala trapped in a house.
In recent months, thousands of migrants have crossed the U.S. and Mexico’s southern borders. More than 400,000 people have crossed the Darién Gap, a dangerous jungle at the Colombia-Panama border. While crossing the Darién Gap, migrants have faced abuse, torture, and violence. The restrictions on migrants movement from South American countries to Mexico and Central America have forced thousands of migrants to cross the dangerous Darién Gap.
On the Colombian side of the Darién Gap, armed group torture migrants. On the Panamanian side of the Darién Gap, migrants are routinely robbed, sexually abused, and raped.