The search for a 2 1/2 year-old boy who was led away from a market in southern Mexico three weeks ago led police to a horrifying discovery: 23 abducted children being kept at a house and forced to sell trinkets in the street.
It is not unusual to see children and adults hawking local crafts like carvings and embroidered cloth on its narrow cobblestone streets.
According to video presented by the prosecutors, many of the children slept on what appeared to be sheets of cardboard and blankets on a cement floor.
Authorities showed a photo of some of the children, their faces blurred, having a boxed lunch after their rescue.
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The boy’s father emigrated to California to find work, and thus Perez, 23, has had to raise Dylan and his sister by herself.
She described him as a chubby, happy boy who market vendors nicknamed “Gordito,” and tearfully appealed for help in finding him. »