Seeking new routes, Central American migrants at risk of trafficking

Migrants from Central America making the overland journey through Mexico are seeking out new, hidden routes to evade deportation, putting them a greater risk of being trafficked, experts say.

Rampant gang violence, poverty and few jobs, drives tens of thousands of people every year from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala - countries with the world's highest murder rates - to seek refuge and a better life mainly in the United States.

"Migrants, particularly those coming from Central America, can easily fall into the hands of traffickers," said Christopher Gascon, head of the International Organization of Migration's (IOM) mission in Mexico . . .

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