Mexico held 20 000 child migrants in 2015

2016-10-25 13:55

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Mexico City – Mexico detained more than 20 000 unaccompanied child migrants, mostly from Central America, in 2015, authorities said on Monday.

That was double the number of the year before and a sign of the worsening migration crisis in the region, where many pass through heading to seek refuge in the United States.

Mexico's National Human Rights Commission said the minors were at risk of kidnapping and rape by criminal gangs or even by corrupt officials.

"The authorities are acting without considering the interests of the children and protecting them," Luis Raul Gonzalez, president of the commission told a news conference, presenting the figures.

He said most of the minors were from the crime- and poverty-plagued Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

"They are held in migrant centres instead of being immediately sent to reception centres where they can receive the assistance and protection they need in accordance with international standards," he said.

Read more on:    us  |  mexico

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.