The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Forced Criminal Activities along Mexico's Eastern Migration Routes and Central America Department of Public Affairs and Security Studies

Central Mexico

The states in this part of the route are: Veracruz, Puebla, Tlaxcala, Estado de Mexico, Queretaro, and San Luis Potosi. Once migrants reach the state of Veracruz, the route takes two different paths: one moves north to Tamaulipas, and the other moves towards the center of the country. This path leading to central Mexico has been described as a passing route. Migrants do not settle in these states for long periods of time. This part of the route has been identified as a highly problematic area for human trafficking. Human trafficking is found in several states.