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|Mexico Ups Penalties for Migrant Trafficking|
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July 03, 2010
Mexico City - Mexico is increasing the penalties for migrant trafficking as drug gangs increasingly get involved in the lucrative business.
Human trafficking convictions will now carry prison terms of eight to 16 years and fines of at least 836,000 pesos ($64,000). Before, sentences were six to 12 years.
The new law took effect Friday. It also allows police to investigate migrant trafficking suspects before a criminal complaint has been filed.
Mexico is the route most used by Central American migrants seeking to reach the United States.
Many are abused, kidnapped or shaken down for money by drug traffickers.