About 100 migrants, including children, have been kidnapped during their long trek to the US — presumably by the dangerous drug cartel Los Zetas, according to a new report.
The migrants weren’t among the thousands who arrived in Mexico City on Monday, Arturo Peimbert, the ombudsman for the human rights commission in Oaxaca, told HuffPost Mexico.
Peimbert said the group was kidnapped in Puebla state while trying to reach the capital from Veracruz.
He said the federal government has put “strong pressure” on transportation companies to not pick up migrants along the way — which forced them to walk through an unsafe area known as “the largest grave in the country, where hundreds of people have disappeared,” according to a translation by the UK’s Independent.
The abducted migrants were likely turned over to Los Zetas, regarded as one of Mexico’s most violent drug cartels, which has terrorized the country, Peimbert said.
More than 2,000 migrants from Central America flooded the Jesus Martinez stadium in Mexico City on Monday, with more streaming in throughout the night. There they received hot meals, sifted through donated clothing and stopped to rest overnight before continuing their journey to the US border.
The caravan of thousands of migrants has spread out since embarking last month, with some groups traveling faster than others. The mass of travelers is expected to regroup in Mexico’s capital, which sits more than 600 miles from the nearest US border crossing in McAllen, Texas.