Mex­ico held 20 000 child migrants in 2015

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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 crime­and 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. — AFP.

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