Police say 14 kidnapped health workers freed in Mexico City

Officials in Mexico City say they have rescued 14 health workers who had been subject to what's called a “virtual kidnapping” in order to demand money from their families

The Mexican Social Security Institute said the workers were threatened via phone or video calls, with the criminals claiming they had control of the hotel surveillance cameras and warning the workers would be attacked if they tried to leave.

Meanwhile, the criminals called the workers' relatives and “inform them that they were holding their family members and if they didn't deposit a certain quantity of money, would do them harm," according to the prosecutor's office.

The Social Security Institute said the workers have mostly come to the capital from the northern state of Nuevo Leon.

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