126 migrants from Haiti, Nepal and Ghana who were locked in a transport container were rescued last Saturday on a highway in Guatemala. The group was likely abandoned by human traffickers who had agreed to bring them to the United States through Mexico, the Guatemalan National Police said.
“Coyotes” abandon 126 migrants inside the container After a complaint about an abandoned trailer, PNC agents arrive at kilometer 114 on the road that leads from Cocales to Nueva Concepción, Escuintla, where they locate the header C-193BVB, hooked to the TC007CBH van. pic.twitter.com/RM7d2y5seb
– PNC of Guatemala (@PNCdeGuatemala) October 9, 2021
At dawn, residents of the area heard screams and blows from inside the trailer and reported the incident to the police, who opened the container and found the migrants. After receiving medical assistance, they were taken to a state shelter.
The vast majority of those rescued came from Haiti. Thousands of people recently left the country to seek employment in Latin America and the United States amid deep Haitian political instability that culminated in the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, a situation exacerbated by the devastating earthquake that struck the island in mid-August. .