Federal Migration Agents verified that they were transferred inside the compartment without food or ventilation.
The National Institute of Migration of Mexico (INM) carried out this Tuesday a rescue of 231 migrants who were traveling in a metallic container adapted in the box of a trailer, the agency reported.
The rescue tasks were carried out in coordination with the National Guard and the Puebla State Police. Among the migrants, of Guatemalan nationality and one of El Salvador, there were women and minors.
“Federal Migration agents verified that 84 women and eight adult men, 120 accompanied minors, 18 unaccompanied adolescents were transferred inside the compartment without food or ventilation,” the INM detailed.
The Mexican institution pointed out that the truck in which the migrants were transferred was circulating on the Mexico-Puebla highway, near the municipality of Tlaltenango. There, shortly before 10:00 p.m. (local time), security forces ordered the driver to stop.
“While the truck was being inspected, banging and screaming were heard from the rear. Opening one of the doors exposed a hatch and, with the help of flashlights, girls and boys could be seen supported by adults“, indicates the official statement.
After the rescue, the family nuclei and unaccompanied minors were taken to the Provisional Shelter for Processing and Channeling in Puebla.
Meanwhile, the driver, his companion and the trailer were placed at the disposal of the corresponding authorities.