Tags: 73 | rescued | from | house | mexico

73 Rescued From House: Would-Be Migrants Kidnapped, Held in Mexico

Tuesday, 01 Oct 2013 03:45 PM

By David Ogul

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Kidnapped while trying to reach the U.S., 73 migrants have been rescued from a house where they were being held near the Texas border, Mexican officials said Tuesday.

The victims had been kidnapped from buses or bus terminals, and some had been held captive for as long as four months, according to a CNN report.

Editor's Note: ObamaCare Is Here. Are You Prepared?

Mexican authorities say the victims were found when federal police on patrol Monday in the northern city of Reynosa – across the border from McAllen, Texas – followed a car driven by someone trying to avoid being pulled over. When the car carrying two men pulled up to a house, authorities moved in.

When police moved in, “they could hear cries for help,” Mexico’s National Security Commission said in a statement, according to CNN. Thirty-seven of the captives were from Mexico, 19 were from Honduras, 14 from Guatemala, and three were from El Salvador, the Commission said.

Victims told police of being beaten, raped, and forced to call family for ransom payments.

Authorities arrested the two people whom they followed to the house, along with a third person who is alleged to have worked as a lookout. The blog BeforeItsNews.com said police also seized 687 rounds of ammunition, a fragmentary hand grenade, six weapons magazines, and more than 22 pounds of marijuana.

Kidnapping and holding immigrants for ransom in Mexico has become big business. In June, Mexican soldiers rescued 165 immigrants who were being held at gunpoint in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas. The Los Angeles Times reported at the time that Mexican officials estimate some 10,000 migrants have gone missing each year since 2008. Some are held for ransom, but others are sent into forced labor for drug traffickers or killed.

Editor's Note: Do You Support Obamacare? Vote in Urgent National Poll

Related stories:

Border Agents Overwhelmed by Mexicans Using 'Fear Scam' to Gain Entry

Mexican Officials Upset With US Border Security Plan

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Incubus: Island Records Signs Band, Will Release Two EPs in 2015

Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 20:08 PM

The alternative rock band Incubus has signed with Island Records, and will put out two EPs next year, Billboard reported . . .

Squarespace Workers Re-Create Famous Paintings Using Office Objects

Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 19:41 PM

Two Squarespace employees are re-creating famous works of art on their breaks with things found lying around the office, . . .

FedEx Truck Accident Spills Likely Christmas Packages Along Interstate

Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 19:21 PM

A FedEx truck crashed in Georgia on Tuesday, spilling boxes, Netflix videos, and probably Christmas gifts along the high . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved