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Mexican state blames railways for beatings, extortion of migrants

Prosecutors in southern Mexico have filed a criminal complaint that alleges railway companies or their employees were complicit in crimes against migrants who ride their trains.

The attorney general of the Gulf coast state of Veracruz says he filed a complaint with federal prosecutors against the Ferrosur Mexican rail line and a subsidiary of the U.S. line Kansas City Southern.

Migrants from Central America hop aboard trains to reach the U.S. border, but are frequently beaten and robbed by criminal gangs once aboard.

Attorney General Luis Angel Bravo says migrants claim the trains make unscheduled stops that allow criminals to climb aboard.

Bravo says the complaint was filed late Monday.

Neither company immediately responded to requests for comment Tuesday.