15 Cubans, including 2-year-old, found in truck bound for US

The driver of the truck has been arrested for people-trafficking. (Twitter pic/PNC Guatemala)

GUATEMALA CITY: Guatemalan police have rescued 15 Cubans dangerously jammed into a truck to try to sneak into the US, police said Sunday.

The travellers included a two-year-old and were found Saturday in the northeastern town of Esquipulas, said national police spokesman Edwin Monroy.

“They were all being transported in inhumane conditions and sharing a small space,” he added.

The Cubans were trying to reach the US border illegally, the spokesman added.

The driver of the truck has been arrested for people-trafficking, Monroy said.

The Cubans were taken to a shelter, he added.

Thousands of people from Africa, Asia and Haiti travel every year to South and Central America, trying to cross Mexico and sneak into the US in search of a better life.