(Agence France-Presse) Human rights groups on Tuesday said that US-bound migrants passing through Mexico routinely face abuses, discrimination and even torture.

With the United States gearing efforts to curb a surge of unaccompanied minors mostly from Central America, human rights groups here aired concerns about bad treatment migrants young and old alike face in Mexico.

US-bound “migrants may face jailing, accused of crimes they never committed” and legal rights, such as the right to consular assistance, “essentially almost do not exist where they are concerned,” said Denise Gonzalez of the Miguel Agustin Pro Juarez Human Rights Center.

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