The 38 kidnappers, including Mexicans, were found along the road in the northern state of San Luis Potosi.
Police in northern Mexico have found 38 people, including 22 Haitians and Cubans, who were abducted from a hotel, authorities said.
The chief prosecutor of the northern state of San Luis Potosi said the victims were found alive next to a road late Tuesday, apparently left by their prisoners.
Prosecutor Federico Garza Herrera said the group included 16 Mexicans and 22 foreigners, including three children and a pregnant woman.
It was not immediately clear whether the foreigners were asylum seekers or migrants. Initial reports suggest that some were Venezuelans. Immigration authorities investigated their status in the country while the authorities worked to prove the motivation behind the kidnapping.
The abduction took place early Tuesday in a hotel in the city of Matehuala.
According to prosecutors, three SUVs with armed men arrived at the Hotel Sol y Luna before dawn and abducted the guests.
Some of the victims’ identification documents were found inside rooms. The kidnappers apparently also took the hotel’s guestbook.
The kidnappers were later found by the National Guard and police officers on a road outside Matehuala after a caller said a group of people were asking for help on the road.
Many asylum seekers and migrants hope to reach the US facing great danger along the way, with kidnapping, extortion, rape and even murders. Some are forced to work for drug cartels fighting over drug trafficking routes.
These people often carry the heaviest of infighting between criminal groups, and gangs often charge smugglers a fee per person brought through their area.
Competitive gangs sometimes also hack groups of asylum seekers and migrants from other traders.
In June, the New York-based Human Rights First organization reported that about 3,300 asylum seekers and migrants had been stranded in Mexico since January because of a U.S. border policy that had been abducted, raped, trafficked, or assaulted.
The administration of President Joe Biden has used a health rule, referring to the coronavirus pandemic, to deter most people from crossing the border. However, it allowed unaccompanied minors to enter the US.
Meanwhile, the Biden administration is trying to end the so-called ‘Stay in Mexico’ policy created under former President Donald Trump, which requires individuals seeking asylum in the US to wait in Mexico while their cases are processed. .
Attempts to end the program have been blocked by a district court judge. The Biden Administration appeal of the verdict to the U.S. Supreme Court was unsuccessful.