In this June 19, 2014 photo, a Central American migrants emerge from side streets to crowd onto the tracks, as a northbound freight train arrives in the station in Arriaga, Chiapas state, Mexico. Tens of thousands of unaccompanied children have been apprehended crossing the U.S. Mexico border since October. Three-fourths of them are from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador and most say they are fleeing pervasive gang violence and crushing poverty. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
Mexico City – Police in the Mexican capital rescued 20 Central American migrants found suffering from hunger and dehydration, the municipal Public Safety Office said.
The group included six woman and four minors.
Police went to a home in Mexico City's Arenal neighborhood after receiving a report about a robbery, the Public Safety Office said in a statement.
The front door was open when they arrived. On entering the home, the officers found 20 people packed into two rooms.
The people identified themselves as migrants from Central America.
Noting the migrants' condition, the police summoned paramedics, who provided the group with food and water and determined that several were suffering from hypertension.
The migrants, 11 Salvadorans, eight Hondurans and a Guatemalan, pointed to the home-owner, Oscar Davila Valencia, as the person responsible for looking after them.
The officers arrested Davila, a 42-year-old taxi driver, who admitted that he was working with a migrant-trafficking ring.
He said he picked up migrants in the Tepalcates neighborhood and ferried them in his taxi to the house in Arenal. From there, he would take them to the Mexico City suburbs of Ecatepec and Nezahualcoyotl, where the traffickers were waiting.
Immigration authorities took charge of the migrants, while Davila was turned over to the federal Attorney General's Office.