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Central American migrants are being kidnapped, beaten and held for ransom in southern Mexico, with gangs demanding they give up contact information of family members living in the United States to secure their release.
At least 36 migrants have been kidnapped since July in Tenosique, a town in the state of Tabasco near the Guatemala border, according to Ramon Márquez, the director of 'The 72' migrant shelter.
Tactic - July - Gang - Family - Guatemalan
It is a similar tactic that was employed in July by a gang who received $8,000 from a the family of a U.S.-bound Guatemalan dad before they stabbed him to death and nearly killed his 10-year-old son.
Disturbing images of the crime showed 33-year-old Rudy Arnoldo Gonzalez lying on a grass field with his neck slit open and his son Cristian Iban Gonzalez hugging him.
Márquez - Authorities - Crimes
Márquez added that authorities have been slow to investigate the crimes.
Gemma Pomares, Doctors Without Borders' head of medical activities in Tenosique, said through a statement Tuesday that the aid group has treated 11 migrants in recent month who reported being stripped, whipped, beaten and tortured with electric shocks.
Violence - Reality - Migration - Route - North
'While violence has always been a reality of the migration route north from Guatemala through Mexico, extortion and this level of extreme...
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