Mexico: Close to 600 migrants from 12 countries crammed in two tractor-trailers rescued

Close to 600 migrants from 12 countries were found crammed in the back of two tractor-trailers in eastern Mexico, the country’s National Migration Institute (INM) said on Saturday.

Majority of the migrants were from the neighboring state of Guatemala.

The migrants were “crammed” into the trailers of two trucks, according to the local head of the Human Rights Commission.

The institute said that 145 women and 455 men were found as the trailers moved across Mexico’s southeastern state of Veracruz.

While 401 people were from Guatemala, 53 came from Honduras, 40 from the Dominican Republic, 27 from Nicaragua, 18 from El Salvador, four from Venezuela, another four from Ecuador, and eight from Cuba.

Some migrants also came from Africa and the Indian subcontinent, including 37 from Bangladesh, an Indian man, six from Ghana, and one man from Cameroon.