A total of 22 foreign migrants and 16 Mexicans, who had been kidnapped in the early hours of this Tuesday in Mexico, were located hours later by police officers, reported the State Attorney General (FGE) of San Luis Potosí, in the center of the country.
In a statement, the prosecutor Federico Arturo Garza confirmed that the 22 foreigners, including Haitians, Cubans and Venezuelans, they had been deprived of their freedom during the early morning of this day while they were in a motel in the municipality of Matehuala.
Garza reported that, after learning this information, 16 Mexican people were found, who had also been held in the same hotel, but who were released first.
“An anonymous call indicated that outside a local there was a group of 16 people asking for help, so the investigation police went to the place and found 16 Mexican people who indicated that an armed group He had deprived them of their liberty, “the prosecutor explained.
They reported that they were taken from the motel and later released, but they also indicated that among the detained people who were taken from the different rooms of the motel “there were approximately 20 people of foreign origin “.
Garza said the foreign migrants were rescued in a deserted place, on a road from Matehuala to the state of Nuevo León.
The prosecutor specified that within that group there were three minors and A pregnant woman who was treated preventively by the Red Cross, and the rest are adults.
The prosecutor reported the location of the foreigners to the National Migration Institute to know your immigration status and check their nationality since all they knew was that there were Haitians, Cubans and Venezuelans in the group.
He also said that the Attorney General of the State of San Luis Potosí would establish contact with relatives of the aggrieved people to prevent them from being victims of a crime that affects their assets such as extortion.
Mexico has registered in recent months historical migratory flow with 147,000 undocumented persons detected in the country from January to August, triple that of 2020, and a record of 212,000 undocumented detainees in July alone by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
In addition, the Government has faced criticism from human rights defenders and international organizations in recent weeks for the assaults by federal agents, who have dissolved several migrant caravans in Chiapas through excessive use of force.