Mexican immigration agents say they have rescued 150 migrants who were packed into the freight compartment of a truck without adequate ventilation or water supply.
The migrants are mainly from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. They told investigators they paid smugglers between $1,750 and $3,000 USD to be taken to the U.S. border.
The National Immigration Institute said Monday the migrants had been in the truck for 14 hours without any food or water. The institute said some of the migrants were almost losing consciousness.
Four suspected Mexican migrant traffickers were detained when the truck was stopped in the north-central state of Zacatecas.
Central American migrants have been forced to find new routes to the U.S. border since Mexico began raiding the freight train formerly known as “La Bestia” (The Beast); thousands of illegal migrants used to ride this train on top of the cargo containers from the southern state of Chiapas, all the way to the border with California, Arizona or Texas.