MEXICO CITY: Mexican troops responding to cries for help from inside a house have freed 61 kidnapped migrants whose captors were demanding money in order to take them across the border to the United States, officials said.
The find took place during a routine military patrol in a residential area of Reynosa in Tamaulipas state which borders the US, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.
Those being held against their will were three Mexicans, four Hondurans, a person from Nicaragua, 33 Guatemalans and 20 Salvadorans.
They said they had been held for the past two weeks and their captors were demanding between $3,500 and $6,000 to sneak them across the border into the US.
The statement made no mention of arrests.
Destitute Central American migrants passing through Mexico en route to the US are often abused or worse.
In August 2010, 72 people without papers from Guatemala, Brazil, Honduras, El Salvador and Ecuador were abducted and slaughtered at a ranch in the town of San Fernando, also in Tamaulipas, by members of the ultra-violent drug cartel Los Zetas. (AFP)