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Desperate migrants ride the 'Train of Death' all for a piece of the American dream - Video





The freight train known as The Beast travels from the southern Mexican town of Arriaga up to Mexico City.

And every day hundreds of migrants, mostly from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras or Nicaragua, sit on top of the notorious train, often for days at a time. 

It is also known as the Train Of Death. Riding precariously on top of the moving containers, migrants are often maimed or killed if they fall due to dehydration or fatigue.

Then there is the human threat. These vulnerable travelers have been increasingly targeted by criminal gangs, people smugglers, kidnappers and corrupt officials. 


 
Train of death: Migrants ride on top of a northern bound train in southern Mexico on Monday

Train of death: Migrants ride on top of a northern bound train in southern Mexico on Monday

 

 
The Beast: Migrants walk along the tracks after getting off a train during their dangerous journey

The Beast: Migrants walk along the tracks after getting off a train during their dangerous journey

 

 
Risk: The desperate travelers, mostly from Central America, cling to the roof and sides of the freight train

Risk: The desperate travelers, mostly from Central America, cling to the roof and sides of the freight train

 

 
 
 
Ride the Train of Death
 
 

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Driven by poverty at home many are hoping for a better life in the U.S. The journey north take leads them closer to the Mexican border with the United States.

According to Amnesty International thousands of migrants are ill-treated, abducted or raped.

When the travelers reach Mexico City, more organized criminals are often lying in wait. Jorgé Andrade told the Independent that gangs charge the migrants to get to shelter.

'If they don’t pay, they kidnap, beat them, ask for sexual favours. In the worst case, they’ll be forced to work for the gangs or be killed.' Andrade said.

Aid: Residents toss food to migrants riding on top of the northern bound train in southern Mexico on Monday

Aid: Residents toss food to migrants riding on top of the northern bound train in southern Mexico on Monday

 

 
Stoppage: The migrants are maimed or worse if they fall off the train when it is in motion

Stoppage: The migrants are maimed or worse if they fall off the train when it is in motion

 

 
Hopeful: Men on top of the train acknowledge the photographer

Hopeful: Men on top of the train acknowledge the photographer

 

 
Vulnerable: The travelers are targeted by organized criminals and corrupt officials

Vulnerable: The travelers are targeted by organized criminals and corrupt officials

 

 
Long journey: The riders can stay on the train for days on end

Long journey: The riders can stay on the train for days on end

 

 
Heading north: The Beast passes through southern Mexico

Heading north: The Beast passes through southern Mexico

 

 
Help: Locals throw food to the migrants

Help: Locals throw food to the migrants

 

 
Countryside: The freight train passes through the Mexican fauna on its way north

Countryside: The freight train passes through the Mexican fauna on its way north

 

 
Risky: Traveling on the train of death

Risky: Traveling on the train of death

 

 
First leg: This train ends up in Mexico City

First leg: This train ends up in Mexico City

 

 
Catch: The travelers gratefully receive the food

Catch: The travelers gratefully receive the food



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