At first it looks like a piece of abstract art. Then you start to make out human shapes. And it looks like a bunch of people wearing bathing suits and swim caps, maybe? But it’s not. This is a police X-ray image of a trailer truck containing 94 trafficking victims from Central America, Nepal and Bengladesh. The truck, which had started its trip in Guatemala and was headed towards towards the U.S. border, but was stopped at a checkpoint outside of Tixtla Gutierrez, the capital of Chiapas State.
According to the Mexican National Migration Institute, or INM,
78 women and 16 men 78 men and 16 women were found in the truck. Of the 94, there were nine men and a woman from Nepal; nine men from Bangladesh; 37 men and eight women from Guatemala; 20 men and three women from El Salvador; and four women and three men from Honduras. According to the INM, all 94 were described as having “severe lesions on their hands and legs, as well as symptoms of suffocation.” Two of them received first aid and all of them were given food and water. The driver was arrested for trafficking. The fate of the people being trafficked, however, remains unclear. They have been detained. And, sadly, they will most likely be deported.