458 children rescued from group home in Mexico

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Associated Press

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 10:00 PM

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's top prosecutor says federal and state police officers have rescued 458 children who were forced to beg for money and suffered sexual abuse while being held against their will at a filthy group home in the western state of Michoacan.

Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam says police also rescued 138 adults on Tuesday from the Great Family group home in the city of Zamora.

Murillo Karam says the group home residents were kept in deplorable conditions, fed rotten food and made to sleep on the floor among rats, ticks and fleas.

He says police have detained the group home's owner and eight workers for questioning.

The investigation began after five parents filed complaints with authorities because they weren't allowed to see their children at the home.

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