Miraculous Discovery: 123 Lives Rescued from Locked Trailer in Mexico

"123 Central and South American Migrants Rescued from Trapped Trailer in San Luis Potosí, Mexico"

123 individuals from Central and South America were discovered trapped in a trailer in the central Mexican state of San Luis Potosí, according to the country’s immigration agency. The people were found in Matehuala, a city on the border of Nuevo Leon, after a local resident reported hearing cries for help from a locked trailer box. The majority of those rescued were from Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, and El Salvador, with four individuals from Ecuador and one from Cuba. Among the group were 34 children. The National Immigration Institute did not provide details on how they became trapped or their intended destination, although it is common for such groups to aim for the United States.

In Ciudad Juárez, located across the border from El Paso, Texas, police arrested three alleged human smugglers who had trapped 11 Guatemalan individuals in a house. The Chihuahua state security department has initiated an investigation into the suspects, two of whom are 16 years old. Kidnapping and extortion pose significant risks for migrants traveling north through Mexico, as many rely on payments to local gangs for safe passage.

On Wednesday, a group of people from Guatemala blocked a highway near the southern town of Huixtla in Chiapas, expressing concerns about potential attacks by criminals if they continued their journey. They continued to block the highway on Thursday, hoping to pressure Mexican authorities into granting them temporary documents that would allow them to travel to the US border. Both the US and Mexico’s southern borders have experienced a significant increase in the number of migrants traveling north this year. Panamanian government data shows that over 400,000 people have crossed the Darién Gap from Colombia into Panama in 2023, compared to 250,000 in 2022.

Martin Reid

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