90 Miles From Tyranny : Leader of latest Honduras migrant caravan arrested for rape

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Leader of latest Honduras migrant caravan arrested for rape

A reported leader of the most recent migrant caravan to leave Honduras for the United States was arrested in San Pedro Sula for an alleged rape.

According to Columbia’s El Heraldo, via Google translation:

The suspect was identified as Juan Carlos Molina, who was supposedly one of the organizers of the exodus that left Monday from San Pedro Sula to the United States.

National Police told the news site Molina was under surveillance and arrested at a checkpoint for a pending 2015 arrest warrant for rape, based on a complaint from a protected witness.

The news site published images of hundreds of Hondurans – mostly men and young boys, but also mothers and small children – marching out of the city as they headed north through Guatemala on Monday.

Deputy Foreign Minister Nelly Jerez told El Heraldo 60 minors were detained at the border Monday when they attempted to cross into Guatemala, including 10 who were not accompanied by their parents.

The Foreign Ministry estimates that about 13,000 Hondurans made it to Mexico in two previous caravans in recent months, with more than half – 7,270 returning home after they were blocked from asylum at the U.S. border. At least 11 people died in the caravans, while thousands of others remain in shelters in Mexico.

Honduras’ National Institute of Migration warned the most recent wave of departing migrants that while adults can travel freely through Guatemala, they’re required to obtain a visa to enter Mexico. Citizens under the age of 21, meanwhile, must acquire a...
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