Killing the Beast

Leaders from Mexico, Guatemala and the United States have agreed to set up more checkpoints to keep people from riding the infamous train known as La Bestia.

Many Central American migrants jump onto La Bestia on their way north, clinging perilously to its sides or sitting on its roof. They are regularly targeted by criminal gangs, which rob them of their possessions or abduct them to force them to join their ranks. Those who, exhausted, fall from its roof often lose limbs when they fall under the train’s wheels.

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