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    189 migrants found in sealed truck trailers in Mexico

    TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico (AP) "” Authorities at a roadblock in southern Mexico discovered 189 illegal migrants locked inside two overheated semi trailers that had been sealed with plastic.
    The trailers were lined with plastic siding to make it air tight, but the migrants had punched holes to breath, said Vinicio Portello, a spokesman for the federal attorney general's office in Chiapas.

    Inside authorities found 134 men, 36 women and 19 children, the youngest of whom was 7 years old. Temperatures inside the trailer had reached 109 degrees, he said.

    "The (trailers) were closed tightly," Portello said. "But a small amount of air was getting in."

    Portello said the migrants entered the trailers Sunday night and were not freed until about 12 hours later. But he said they had food and bottled water and had expected a longer journey, possibly to central Mexico or even on to the U.S. border.

    "The conditions were horrible, inhuman," Portello said. "This could have been a tragedy. We were close to many deaths."

    He said that they were given food and water but none required hospitalization.

    The migrants told authorities they paid smugglers to slip them from Guatemala into southern Mexico en route to the United States.

    Authorities arrested the truck's driver and his two assistants. Originally from Mexico City, all three will face people-smuggling charges, Portello said.

    The migrants were taken to the Chiapas capital of Tuxtla Gutierrez and would later be deported to their home countries.

    Last May, 19 undocumented migrants died after being locked in an airless tractor-trailer near Victoria, Texas. The case was among the deadliest illegal border crossings in U.S. history.

    Find this article at:
    http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2...d_x.htm?csp=24
    Sweet Madame Belu

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    189 migrants found in sealed truck trailers in Mexico

    TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico (AP) "” Authorities at a roadblock in southern Mexico discovered 189 illegal migrants locked inside two overheated semi trailers that had been sealed with plastic.
    The trailers were lined with plastic siding to make it air tight, but the migrants had punched holes to breath, said Vinicio Portello, a spokesman for the federal attorney general's office in Chiapas.

    Inside authorities found 134 men, 36 women and 19 children, the youngest of whom was 7 years old. Temperatures inside the trailer had reached 109 degrees, he said.

    "The (trailers) were closed tightly," Portello said. "But a small amount of air was getting in."

    Portello said the migrants entered the trailers Sunday night and were not freed until about 12 hours later. But he said they had food and bottled water and had expected a longer journey, possibly to central Mexico or even on to the U.S. border.

    "The conditions were horrible, inhuman," Portello said. "This could have been a tragedy. We were close to many deaths."

    He said that they were given food and water but none required hospitalization.

    The migrants told authorities they paid smugglers to slip them from Guatemala into southern Mexico en route to the United States.

    Authorities arrested the truck's driver and his two assistants. Originally from Mexico City, all three will face people-smuggling charges, Portello said.

    The migrants were taken to the Chiapas capital of Tuxtla Gutierrez and would later be deported to their home countries.

    Last May, 19 undocumented migrants died after being locked in an airless tractor-trailer near Victoria, Texas. The case was among the deadliest illegal border crossings in U.S. history.

    Find this article at:
    http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2...d_x.htm?csp=24
    Sweet Madame Belu

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