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Gunmen kidnap migrants staying at hotel in central Mexico

About 20 suspected migrants kidnapped from hotel in central Mexico

The San Luis Potosi state attorney’s office said in a statement that the victims are believed to be Haitian and Venezuelan migrants who were staying at the Matehuala hotel.

Before dawn on Tuesday, three SUVs carrying armed men arrived at the Sol y Luna hotel and abducted the guests, prosecutors said. Authorities were still trying to confirm the exact number of people taken, but some IDs were found inside the rooms.

The kidnappers apparently also took the hotel diaries of his clients.

More expensive migrant smuggling operations often accommodate their clients in small hotels when they move them north. Organized crime gangs traditionally levy a tax for every migrant who crosses their territory. If this tax is not paid or if a rival smuggling group sees an opportunity, such kidnappings can occur.


ABC News

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