Mexican officials have found 370 migrant children who had been abandoned by traffickers paid to take them to the United States.
The National Migration Institute said in a statement Saturday the children were rescued in 14 Mexican states between March 17 and 24. The institute said 163 children under the age of 18 were traveling alone.
The children told officials the traffickers abandoned them after being paid between $3,000 and $5,000. Migrants sometimes make the journey to the U.S., then once established pay traffickers to bring their children north.
The institute's statement said the children showed signs of extreme fatigue, foot injuries, dehydration and disorientation because they did not know where they were.
Most migrants traveling through Mexico to the U.S. come from Central America. They face the threats of accidents, robbery, rape or being forcibly recruited by criminal gangs along the way.