3/28/2017 InSight Crime
Central American undocumented migrants are shifting to maritime transportation, according to a recent report, likely as a result of Mexico’s crackdown on land routes, a trend that would likely increase should the US-Mexico border wall be extended.
An investigative report by El País shows that Central American migrants are increasingly boarding small boats to travel from Guatemala’s Ocós coastal municipality to the Mazatán municipality in the Mexican state of Chiapas.
Smugglers charge between $400 and $800 per migrant, according to the Spanish news media. Some migrants are opting to make this six to eight hour journey rather than attempt to cross the border between Mexico and Guatemala, an area which has become much more of a focus for Mexican law enforcement cracking down on undocumented migrants.