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Hundreds of children abandoned en route to US: Mexico

Published on Mar 30, 2014 6:32 AM

MEXICO CITY (AFP) - The authorities in Mexico said on Saturday, March 29, 2014, they found more than 370 children dumped by people smugglers while trying to make their way into the United States.

The National Institute of Migration (INM) said the huge number of children, from different nations in Central America, were discovered in just a single one-week period in March.

The figure included some 163 children who were abandoned because they were not travelling with an adult family member or an acquaintance, the INM said in a statement.

In many cases, the children had been left in dangerous or difficult transit points by guides who had been paid between US$3,000 (S$3,780) and US$5,000, it said.

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