21 Mexico Police Arrested for Kidnapping, Extortion of Migrants

10/17/16 InSight Crime

federal police mexicoNearly two dozen municipal police officers were arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and extortion of migrants in Mexico‘s Chiapas state, highlighting the rise of police violence against migrants along this key transit route.

A total of 21 municipal police officers in the town of Chiapa de Corzo were arrested for allegedly attempting to extort 19 undocumented migrants on October 11.According to El Universal, the accused intercepted a bus carrying migrants — including seven minors whose ages ranged from two to fourteen years — and proceeded to transfer the victims to the police station where they were subsequently held.

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Tamaulipas Kidnapping Highlights Insecurity in Border Region

09/16/16 InSight Crime

14120208467_feff2c6823_o.jpgThe abduction of 15 individuals from a bus traveling between Mexico‘s northeastern states of Tamaulipas and Coahuila highlights insecurity in Mexico‘s border states, and recalls previous episodes of mass kidnappings of migrants as immigration into the United States surges.

The incident, which occurred on September 12, was not confirmed until September 14 by Coahuila’s state secretary, Victor Zamora, according to Animal Politico.

Minutes after leaving the bus station in the city of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, which sits near the Coahuila border, the bus was intercepted by armed men, the driver told officials. The 15 individuals were forced off the bus, loaded into various vehicles, and driven away.

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Mexico Migrant Kidnappings on the Rise?

09/15/16 InSight Crime

Migration activists in Mexico are warning about a growth in the number of kidnappings of migrants by crime groups, and they blame the government’s policies for exacerbating the situation.

Tomás González, a priest who runs a migrant shelter in the state of Tabasco, recently told La Opinión that he had encountered several groups of migrants in the past few months who claimed that they had been kidnapped and forced to pay a ransom in order to secure their release.

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Mexican Women are being Abducted in Broad Daylight from Guadalajara’s Streets

3/29/2016 Women in the World, The New York Times

A rash of abductions and attempted kidnappings carried out in broad daylight and targeting young women has baffled and worried many in Mexico’s second-largest city, Guadalajara, the capital city of Jalisco state, which last year saw 1,161 women reported missing during the course of the year. That was before the abductions really began to surge in March, according to Vice News.

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Mexico Disappearances on the Rise? Alarming Numbers Revealed; Relatives Told to ‘Accept the Facts’

8/24/15 Latino Post

mystery manThere are about 25,000 people who have gone missing in Mexico since 2006, but according to relatives of the missing persons, the government is not doing anything about it. In a report by the Los Angeles Times, it is not clear how many of the missing persons are victims of foul play, but many of them are feared dead, nonetheless.

One of the most high-profile cases happened just last year, when 43 students from a rural school in Guerrero were hauled off by the police.They were believed to have been working with a drug gang. The act of taking the said children caused national and international outrage from citizens and various human rights groups.

Fox News Latino also reported that of the over 25,000 disappearances in Mexico, more than half of them happened during the administration of President Enrique Pena Nieto which started only in December 2012.

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Police bust kidnap ring in northern Mexico, free 11 victims

8/24/15 Yahoo News

imagesMexican officials say federal police have arrested a cell of the Gulf Cartel in the border state of Tamaulipas and freed 11 kidnap victims showing signs of severe malnutrition and torture.

A statement from Tamaulipas security officials says the victims were kidnapped while traveling on roads in the state that borders Texas and the Gulf state of Veracruz, and were being held for ransom. Ten people were detained, including the cell leader.

The statement Sunday said police found human remains in a septic tank of the house where victims were held in Pueblo Viejo, Veracruz, near the Tamaulipas border. They said they do not know how many bodies were thrown there.

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Mexico investigates deaths of 2 suspects photographed alive

8/18/15 Yahoo News

federal police mexicoProsecutors in southern Mexico opened an investigation over the weekend into the deaths of two kidnapping suspects who were apparently photographed alive following their detention. Police in the Gulf coast state of Tabasco reported the two died on their way to the hospital of injuries suffered in a car chase, shootout and crash. The two were involved in a shootout after a failed kidnap attempt last week in which three police officers and three other suspects were killed.

Photos posted on social media sites appeared to show the two bloodied suspects alive after their arrest. One, a woman, is seen sitting up in the bed of a police truck.

Other photos showed what appeared to be the same people’s bodies face down in a field.

The state police department said that following Thursday’s shootout, heavy traffic forced the police to take the two wounded suspects over a back road to the nearest hospital.

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