Mexico held 20,000 child migrants in 2015
MEXICO detained more than 20,000 unaccompanied child migrants, mostly from Central America, in 2015, authorities said.
That was double the number from the year before and a sign of the worsening migration crisis in the region, where many pass through heading to seek refuge in the US.
Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission said the minors were at risk of kidnapping and rape by criminal gangs or corrupt officials.
“The authorities are acting without considering the interests of the children,” Luis Raul Gonzalez, president of the commission, said.
He said most of the minors were from the crime and poverty-plagued Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
“They are receiving the assistance and protection they need,” Mr Gonzalez said. –