Mexico’s National Institute of Migration announced Friday that it rescued 129 migrants from Egypt and eight from Mauritania abandoned on a bus in the eastern state of Veracruz, according to the Spanish News Agency.
The institute said in a statement that federal immigration agents received a call on Tuesday about the location of a passenger bus on the old Las Choapas-Nanchital highway containing 137 illegal immigrants.
The agency pointed out that foreigners wore a bracelet with their names – a distinctive feature used by human trafficking groups.
Adults traveling without children were taken to Acayucan Immigration Station to “continue their administrative immigration procedures where they were also provided with medical care.”
The incident comes in the midst of a surge of immigrants traveling in Mexico on crowded buses with Africans.
On August 4, Mexican officers intercepted a passenger bus carrying 62 migrants from three continents in the northern state of Sonora, on the border with Arizona, in the United States.
On the same day, the National Institute of Migration reported that it had found an abandoned bus carrying 89 migrants from Egypt, Honduras and Ecuador in the state of Veracruz.