By Daniel Becerril | Reuters
MEXICO CITY, Sept 22 (Reuters) – People smuggling crimes in Mexico this year have more than tripled since 2020, the government said on Wednesday, as the country battles to cope with a sharp increase in illegal immigration at the U.S. border.
Between January and August, Mexico registered 1,232 people-smuggling crimes, a jump of nearly 228% from the 376 logged during the same period in 2020, Security Minister Rosa Icela Rodriguez told a regular government news conference.
Government officials say many migrants pay people-smugglers to make their way on the perilous journey from Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala up to the United States.
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