Mexican authorities have evacuated 24 Central American migrants that included nine children who had been held hostage for about three weeks in the crime-ridden state of Guanajuato, according to officials on Friday.
Juan Jose Gonzalez, Secretary of State Security said, “The migrants were held for 20 days in the town of Celaya, about 210 kilometres (130 miles) from Mexico City”.
“Their relatives had been making payments to their captors during that time”, Gonzalez said.
“The victims were receiving medical attention after their ordeal”, he added.
The security ministry has announced the arrest of 59 migrants, including 55 Hondurans, around the northeastern town of Saltillo, near the US border.
After US President Donald Trump threatened Mexico with tariffs, Mexican leader Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador agreed last month to crack down on undocumented migration, deploying tens of thousands of National Guardsmen to tighten its borders.
Mexico had deported 33 per cent more foreigners in the month of June, officials said.
The migrants are frequent targets for violent criminal gangs operating in Mexico, where more than 40,000 people have been officially reported missing.