Honduras suffers one of the worst tragedies of Central America: the forced migration of children to the United States. Itsmania Pineda Platero, journalist, representative in Honduras of Latin American Journalists Association (COLAPER), outstanding fighter for human rights to the point of being threatened with death, consider the situation of migrant children by force in this article:
Children traveling irregularly to North America are one of the groups population most vulnerable to be victims of forced recruitment, trafficking in persons, sexual exploitation or labour exploitation, among others.
In September, three children of ages between 7 and 10 years were respectively, abandoned by “coyotes” in the State of Veracruz, Mexico. The National Institute of migration (INM) in Mexico carried out procedures to locate their relatives and deport them to Honduras. Notes that often children traveling alone irregularly have parents in the United States.
According to the Amnesty International report, each year thousands of migrants are kidnapped and sold to gangs of pimps or traffickers in organs, being the most vulnerable women, adolescents and children and girls.
The dangers of irregular route towards United States are exposed daily by the media and by various organizations, hoping to alert the Hondurans however forced migration is increasing.
The Director of the center of attention to migrants returned (WARC), SR. Valdette Willeman, stressed that the WARC accounted for 152 boys and 52 girls deported from Mexico to Honduras overland.
Also in September, were found at a hotel in Tabasco, Mexico 35 undocumented Hondurans, including ten minors were. Of these, two girls were accompanied by their mothers, six boys and two girls between the ages of 7 to 15 years were travelling alone.
Meissy Stephany Ponce Bonilla of 20 years of age, and 10-year-old child Juan Ramón Melgar Arita had no luck to return to Honduras with life, because they died run over by a vehicle in the town of Palenque, Mexico. They, along with more than 10 people, left Honduras on September 7 guided by a coyote, but perished on the dangerous road to the United States.