165 kidnap victims freed in Mexico

165 kidnap victims freed in Mexico
MGN Online
Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 1:09pm

(CNN) -- Mexican authorities rescued 165 kidnap victims who had been held for weeks in the northeastern border state of Tamaulipas, the country's Interior Ministry said Thursday.

A majority of the victims -- 150 -- are Central American migrants. Another 14 are Mexican nationals, and one is from India, the ministry said.

They were held captive for as many as three weeks, officials said.

Drug cartels that operate in the area are known to have kidnapped migrants in the past and requested ransoms for their release.

Amnesty International has said that immigrants in Mexico "face a variety of serious abuses from organized criminal gangs, including kidnappings, threats and assaults."

During a six-month period in 2010, Mexico's National Commission for Human Rights said, at least 11,333 migrants were kidnapped.

That same year, authorities found the bodies of 72 slain immigrants from Central and South America on an abandoned ranch near the Mexico-U.S. border.

The Central American migrants freed Thursday included 77 Salvadorans, 50 Guatemalans and 23 Hondurans. 

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