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Human trafficking ring of more than 100 bound for US arrested in Mexico

Oyama, Tamaulipas — Authorities in the town of Oyama arrested two men after they discovered a semi trilor with more than 100 illiegal immigrants bound for the US.

The National Institute of Migration, in coordination with elements of the Mexican Army, rescued 109 migrants who were travelling in a trailer in overcrowded conditions without food and water in Oyama, Tamaulipas.

At around 5:00 p.m. January 25, a semi trailer truck was discovered at the inspection point moving 109 migrants. Those inside the trailer showed signs of dehydration and suffocation after being locked up for a long period of time.

The group of foreigners rescued consisted of 83 Guatemalans (40 men, 11 women and 32 minors, of whom 7 of them traveled alone), 17 Hondurans (10 men, 2 women and 5 minors, one of the girls traveling alone ), and 9 Salvadorans (5 men, 2 women and 2 unaccompanied minors) who sought to reach the United States.

According to their statements, the group was transferred by traffickers from the state of Chiapas to Tamaulipas.

Within the framework of the agreements that Mexico maintains with the countries of the Northern Triangle of Central America, an immediate alert was made for their return.

Unaccompanied minors were placed in the custody of the DIF, giving them specialized attention through Child Protection Officers (OPIS), who will deliver the minors to their relatives after the corresponding migratory procedure.

The semi truck driver and his companion, Rubicel “N” and Orbelin “N” of Mexican nationality, were placed at the disposal of the authorities for the crime of human trafficking.