Over 100 Central American migrants found crammed in Mexican truck

US citizens demonstrate against Trump's 'zero-tolerance' immigration policy. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 27, 2018, 03.57 PM (IST)

Mexican immigration authorities found 109 Central American migrants crammed into the back of a trailer truck in Tamaulipas, Mexico.

Out of the 109 migrants 39 were identified as children.

The migrants were found suffering from dehydration and asphyxia due to the time they had spent in the truck without food or water.

According to media reports, these were the victims of human trafficking and were being taken to the US.

The incident came to the light when the truck was stopped at an inspection checkpoint near Ciudad Victoria, capital city of Tamaulipas.

The truck driver was arrested along with his assistants over charges of human trafficking.

The rescued migrants include 83 Guatemalans, 17 Hondurans and nine from El Salvador.

Authorities are now assisting the rescued in their safe return by contacting their respective consulates.

Reports  suggest hundreds and thousands of undocumented migrants cross Mexican territory every year to reach the United States. In the process, the migrants fall prey to extortion, kidnapping, murder, trafficking and all possible forms of abuse.