Mexico Cartels Kidnap, Kill Migrants Headed to U.S.

guns1Reuters, 9/22/09

TECATE, Mexico, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Mexico’s violent drug gangs are increasingly kidnapping illegal migrants for ransom and forcing them to carry narcotics into the United States as they muscle into the lucrative trade of smuggling people across the border.

Traffickers armed with automatic weapons are snatching weary Mexican and Central American migrants on both sides of the border and holding them in cramped houses with little water or food until families pay ransoms of up to $12,000.

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