Inventive migrant-smugglers in Mexico turn to motorcycles

Migrants smugglers in Mexico have recently been trying some innovative methods, but authorities say they have detected a new scheme: ferrying migrants for hundreds of miles on the backs of motorcycles

The National Immigration Institute said Tuesday it found eight motorcycles, each with a driver and a Cuban migrant riding on the back of the motorbike.

They were stopped Monday at a checkpoint in the Gulf coast state of Tabasco about 180 miles (300 kilometers) from where they set out.

Migrants found in such circumstances are usually returned to their home countries, unless they are the victims of a crime.

Immigrant traffickers in Mexico general try to smuggle migrants in buses or freight trucks. The trucks are often painted with the logos of well-known companies to try to avoid scrutiny.

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