The National Institute of Migration (INM) of Mexico located 206 migrants who had been abandoned by alleged traffickers in a trailer near the city of José Cardel, Veracruz, where they were forced to ingest substances to endure confinement.
The rescue, according to an INM statement issued this Monday, took place last Saturday and the migrants, coming from and Honduras, were “crowded togetherdehydrated and medicated to inhibit their basic needs, according to their own testimonies”.
Of the 206 migrants located132 Guatemalans traveled in families, as well as 3 families with 12 people from Honduras.
Among those traveling alone, there were 35 men, 4 women and 20 minors (15 boys and 5 girls) coming from Guatemala; and 3 adults of Honduran nationality.
“The minors and the nuclear families were channeled to the System for the Integral Development of the Family (DIF), while the adults moved to INM facilities to carry out the migratory processes correspondents”, exposed the migratory agency.
In addition to the fact that the migrants assured that they had been medicated, it turned out that the trailer boxadapted with metal supports to form a second floor, was covered with hermetic material to prevent its contents from being identified by the X-ray cameras of the security forces.
The migrants they had also been identified, presumably by the traffickers, by means of bracelets.
The truck driver, according to the Migration’s national institutewould have fled the place leaving the migrants locked in the trailer box, in a recurring practice.
The fact reflects the unprecedented migratory flow, with more than 2.76 million intercepted undocumented migrants by the United States at the border in fiscal year 2022.
While Mexico registered an annual increase of more than 43% in the number of “persons in an irregular situation” in the country in the past year, when it detected 444,439.
Migrants who cross Mexico to reach the United States have also faced an uncertain situation since May 11, after Washington put an end to Title 42, a health law with which they expelled 2.8 million foreigners under the pretext of the coronavirus pandemic.
Instead, the US government now applies the Title 8which aggravates the penalties for those who cross the border illegally.