Chiapas: 22 migrants kidnapped in Chamula are rescued

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After having remained twenty-six days deprived of their liberty, on August 26, more than 20 Central Americans were rescued from three alleged human traffickers.

According to Noticaribe, the released were “6 women, 7 men, 2 girls and 7 boys, from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Ecuador. They had left the Mesilla, Guatemala on their way to the United States of America, on a trip that they would have to pay 160 thousand pesos”.

After being kidnapped “a migrant from Honduras managed to escape, on the early hours of August 21, and was helped by some citizens who transferred him to the Chiapas Prosecutor’s Office, where he filed a complaint.”

After that, a rescue operation was carried out in the community of Saclamantón, municipality of San Juan Chamula, by an Inter-institutional Group headed by elements of the State Attorney General’s Office, Federal Police, Army, the Secretariat of Citizen Protection and the Municipal Police of San Cristóbal de las Casas.

According to Animal Político, one of the victims reported that the kidnapped victims were forced to phone their relatives in their countries of origin, demanding the amount of 15 thousand dollars for their release.

For more information (in Spanish) :

Rescatan a 22 migrantes secuestrados en Chiapas; hay 3 detenidos (Animal Político, 26 de agosto de 2018)

Liberan a migrantes secuestrados en San Juan Chamula, Chiapas (El Heraldo de México, 26 de agosto de 2018)

Rescatan a 22 migrantes indocumentados en Chiapas (El Proceso, 26 de agosto de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ :

National/International: OSC Asks for Suspension of Agreement with US to Convert Mexico into “Migration Filter” in Return for Favors in Renegotiation of NAFTA June 25, 2018

National: 84 Organizations and Collectives Oppose Gendarmerie at Southern Border April 30, 2018

Mexico – National/International: Latest Amnesty International Report on the Deadly Return of Central American Asylum Seekers from Mexico February 15, 2018

National/International: “Caravan of Mothers of Missing Migrants” Arrives to Mexico December 27, 2017

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