A group of 153 Central American migrants, mostly Guatemalans who were traveling overcrowded, were rescued from a cargo truck in Chiapas, local authorities reported Thursday.
The Secretary of Security of the state of Chiapas detailed in a statement that in a routine inspection, a trailer was located on a highway in whose box it was carrying 144 Guatemalans, six Nicaraguans and three Salvadorans.
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“They were rescued when they remained abandoned and crowded inside a vehicle” parked near the federal highway that connects the communities of Chiapa de Corzo and La Angostura.
The Central Americans received medical attention and food and were later handed over to immigration authorities.
Chiapas is a state where the majority of irregular migrants enter, which has multiplied operations to detect the vehicles in which human traffickers transport them.
Trucking is one of the most dangerous modalities used by smugglers to bring migrants to the United States.
On December 9, 2021, a trailer carrying some 160 migrants collided with a pedestrian bridge on a highway in Chiapas, leaving 56 dead.
On June 27, the bodies of 53 migrants, the vast majority of them Mexican, were found in the bed of a truck in the city of San Antonio, Texas.
Every year, thousands of migrants from various countries seek to reach the United States fleeing poverty and violence. On their way through the country they are often victims of extortion by Mexican authorities, but also by criminal gangs.
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Since 2014, some 6,430 migrants have died or disappeared en route to the United States, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and 850 perished in accidents or due to traveling in subhuman conditions.