Migrant Kidnappings

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    Mexican authorities say six people have been charged with kidnapping migrants crossing the border illegally in the rugged mountains east of San Diego.

    The Baja California state attorney general's office said Friday that one migrant's family wired $5,000 in ransom money and another sent $3,500. The arrests occurred Tuesday when authorities -- acting on an anonymous tip -- raided a home in a remote area of Tecate, Mexico, where the migrants were rescued unharmed.

    Migrant activists say assaults on migrants are much more widespread than authorities report. Fabian Gonzalez, the lead investigator in Tecate, says victims often don't report the crimes, fearing for their safety.

    The defendants were paraded before reporters, including the alleged ringleader, a 35-year-old woman from Tijuana, Mexico.