Mexico Kidnappers Snatched 10K US-Bound Migrants
Human rights commission estimates 10K migrants seized over 6 months
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 16, 2009 7:00 AM CDT
Central American migrants being held in captivity react as Mexican Army soldiers, unseen, liberate them in Reynosa, Mexico,earlier this year.   (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)
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(Newser) – Mexican gangs preying on Central American migrants headed for the US kidnapped almost 10,000 people between September 2008 and February 2009, according to a new report from Mexico's national human rights commission. The average ransom paid was $2,500, according to the report, which said Mexican authorities participated in some of the abductions. The organization blasted the justice system's inefficiency in tackling the problem.