Moment Mexican security forces free 93 migrants, including 63 children, after pulling over a tractor-trailer bound for the US and hearing their cries for help
- Mexico’s National Guard discovered 93 migrants, including 63 minors, from Central America inside a tractor-trailer last Friday in Chiapas, Mexico
- The trailer’s driver was stopped and was being given a summons for a traffic infraction before the troops heard the voices coming from inside the container
- The migrants were identified as citizens of Guatemala, Hondura and Nicaragua
Mexican authorities rescued 93 migrants, including 63 children, who were crammed inside a tractor-trailer that was reportedly bound for the United States border area.
National Guard troops were conducting a checkpoint on the Las Choapas-Ocozocoautla highway in the southern state of Chiapas when they instructed the driver to pull over for a traffic infraction on Friday afternoon.
According to office of the Secretariat for Home Affairs, the servicemen overheard cries for help emanating from the freight container, which prompted them to open the trailer’s rears doors.
Mexican security forces assist migrants out of a tractor-trailer after the driver was pulled over for a traffic violation in Chiapas, Mexico, on Friday. A total of 93 migrants from Central America, including 63 children were discovered inside the cargo
Members of Mexico’s National Guard and the National Institute of Migration assist migrants as they exit a freight containers last Friday moments after the troops had stopped the driver for driving on the wrong lane of a highway connecting the southern states of Chiapas and Veracruz
Video footage released by the National Institute of Migration showed several migrants being helped out of the cargo box before they were transferred over to the agency’s local headquarter in the Chiapas municipality of Tuxtla Gutiérrez, where they were processed and provided medical attention and food.
National Institute of Migration transferred a group of unaccompanied children and family units to the National System for Integral Family Development, whose agents provided further attention and shelter.
The migrants were identified as Guatemalan, Honduran and Nicaraguan nationals.
The driver, whose name was withheld, was arrested and remains in custody of the Attorney General’s Office local center in Tuxtla Gutiérrez.
The migrants were identified as Guatemalan, Honduran and Nicaraguan nationals
Despite the heavy presence of National Guard troops in the southern of Chiapas, which borders with Guatemala, it has proven to be the point of departure for trucks operated by smuggling organizations that charge migrants thousands of dollars for dangerous trips towards Mexican cities that are in proximity of the United States’ southwestern border region.
On June 28, Mexican security forces discovered a 25-year-old man who suffocated to death and 2-year-old Wilder Ladino standing half-naked near the guard rail after the truck driver pulled off on the side of a two-lane highway and to free some 100 migrants after they were heard clamoring for help because they could not breath inside the cargo box.
Seven adult males were treated for a heat-related illness.
Wilder Ladino was found standing next to an abandoned cargo truck in Veracruz, Mexico, on June 28. The two-year-old was reunited with his mother in Honduras on Friday