Mexican migrants are boarding onto the top of this train’s roof to reach the Mexico-US border. It has even been taken over by gangs that are charging for permission to get on the train. See below…
This is ‘La Bestia’ – or ‘The Beast’ – which is perhaps the most treacherous train in the world.
It is not built to carry passengers, but that doesn’t stop around 1,500 migrants piling on board the freight train’s roof.
They are trying to reach the Mexico-U.S. border to start a new life in America. Most are refugees fleeing endemic violence in Central America. But they face a terrifying journey ahead of them.
For years Mexico’s notorious drug gangs have been in control of the route, charging $100 (£64) or more for permission to mount the train.
Threats, attacks and extortion continue en route after it departs from Arriaga, in Mexico’s southern Chiapas state, around 160 miles north of the Guatemala border.
The attacks are a vital component of Mexico’s organised crime underworld, and constitute a criminal industry estimated to be worth tens of millions of dollars per year.
The train terminates at the outskirts of Mexico City, 520 miles away. There, lying in wait, are more members of Mexico’s most powerful and violent criminal gangs.
Read more: Daily Mail