108 Rescued in Mexican Human Trafficking Bust

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Mexican authorites rescued 108 undocumented immigrants from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, including 33 minors, who had traveled northward seeking work and were then forced to labor on a banana plantation in the Mexican state of Chiapas, reports the Mexican daily El Universal.  

 Among those rescued were three newborns and a pregnant twelve-year-old girl.  

Eight suspects have been arrested in connection to the case, including six Mexicans, a Guatemalan and a Honduran, all of whom authorities say are tied to an international human trafficking ring.  According to the Mexican government, the operation was part of a broader effort to crackdown on human trafficking in the region, which began after the massacre of 72 undocumented migrant workers by criminal elements in Tamaulipas last August.

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