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Mexico Police Free 61 Kidnapped Victims in Border City

Mexico City, November 12 (RHC) – Mexican government spokesman Eduardo Sanchez has said during a news conference in Mexico City that Mexican police have rescued 61 kidnapping victims including children and foreign nationals in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, an official says.

Mexican authorities raided four separate buildings in the city of Reynosa, freeing captives from the United States, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Mexico. The children ranged in age from two to 11 years old, Sanchez said the people freed in last week's operation had been held in the buildings under inhuman conditions for at least a week.

Police captured four suspects, who could face prison terms of up to 36 years if found guilty.

Alongside drug smuggling, in Mexico criminal gangs are involved in trafficking migrants from Mexico and Central America into the United States. Victims are also snatched by criminal gangs and held as hostages to extort money from their families or in some cases are forced to work for the drug cartels.

Edited by Juan Leandro
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