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Anonymous 911 call leads Cancun police to 47 Indian nationals

Cancun, Q.R. — An anonymous call was responsible for the discovery of 47 people being held against their will. On Monday night, Cancun police along with immigration officers attended to the report in SM 22.

According to a statement from the National Institute of Migration (INM), 47 people including one woman and two minors, all of Indian nationality, were removed from a building in central Cancun.

According to the INM, all 47 were being held against their will and are believed victims of human trafficking. In their statement, the INM said they are already working on “providing an exit letter for regularization purposes for humanitarian reasons to 47 migrants from India, victims of crime after being deprived of their liberty in a building in the city of Cancun.”

Police located the building where the 47 Indian nationals were being held in central Cancun. Photo: INM August 5, 2023.

The rescue was made after “an anonymous 9-1-1 call warned authorities of dozens of suspicious people in a building located near Avenida Uxmal and Margaritas Street,” they reported. “Municipal, state and federal security elements located the building and the foreign migrants inside at which time they requested the support of the federal immigration agents.”

“During the early hours of September 5, they were channeled to the INM as victims of crime for the deprivation of their personal liberty,” the Institute said in a statement.

The family and the two minors were referred to the Municipal Police Specialized Group for Attention to Victims and to shelters of the State Child Development of the Family (DIF), while the adults were transferred to an INM headquarters for care and assistance.

The Indian nationals were transferred to INM facilities. Photo: INM August 5, 2023.

The Secretaría de Seguridad Ciudadana (SSC) of Quintana Roo also made a brief statement on the rescue. “The SSC carried out the rescue of people of different nationalities derived from a complaint.

“The Coordination Group for the Construction of Peace and Security in Quintana Roo managed to rescue foreigners who were allegedly deprived of their liberty at an address in Superblock 22.

“The report was received Monday night in which the presence of several people asking for help from an address located on Margaritas Street was indicated, the same who reported that they were locked up without food.

The 47 Indian nationals were found inside a building in central Cancun Monday night after an anonymous 911 complaint.
Photo: INM August 5, 2023.

“Elements of the Coordination Group went to the site immediately where they confirmed the facts, finding a large number of people of different nationalities who were treated for medical assessment and hydration.

“Likewise, the support of the National Institute of Migration (INM) was requested to check their immigration status and the corresponding authorities were informed.”

Last week, authorities in Cancun were tipped off to a building where they found 57 Indian nationals being held against their will.