A group of 55 migrants from Central American who were being held against their will were found and released by agents of the Specialized Unit to Combat Kidnapping (UECES) in an operation they carried out south of Reynosa, Tamaulipas.
The State Attorney General’s Office reported on Tuesday, July 21 that the safe house was located in the Américo Villarreal Guerra neighborhood and the operation was carried out through a call for help.
They said that 41 of those released are from Honduras, 5 from Guatemala and 9 from El Salvador; the group included several minors.
All were reviewed by a doctor to rule out physical damage, dehydration, malnutrition, among other things.
The Prosecutor’s Office received a telephone call from a relative of the migrants in which he claimed to have been notified by his own relative that he was kidnapped by an armed group and that they were asking for cash to release him.
When the complaint was formalized, the anti-kidnapping personnel proceeded to the investigation and finally found the house.
The support was attended by agents of the National Guard and personnel from the National Institute of Migration, who inquire about the immigration status of foreigners.
While Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador insisits in his “Hugs not bullets” strategy to combat organized crime, the criminal groups are taking control of the streets in the border town of Reynosa, Tamaulipas.