World 11.9.2018 11:30 am

Sudan police save 85 minors from trafficking network – Interpol

The police raids took place at the end of last month in Sudan's capital, Khartoum | © AFP/File | KHALED DESOUKI

The police raids took place at the end of last month in Sudan's capital, Khartoum | © AFP/File | KHALED DESOUKI

Nearly 100 people have been rescued, 85 of them minors.

Two men and 12 women were arrested and around $20,000 of suspected ransom money was seized in the operation at several locations in Khartoum as well as at gold mines east of the city, the international policing agency said.

The victims, some of whom were as young as 10, were from several African countries including Chad, DR Congo, Eritrea, and Niger.

“The diversity of nationalities amongst those rescued shows how human trafficking and people smuggling is a truly transnational problem which requires a coordinated international response,” said Tim Morris, director of police services for Interpol, which is based in Lyon, France.

The operation, called Sawiyan, was carried out on August 26 to 30 by about 200 Sudanese police officers assisted by Interpol agents stationed in Khartoum.

The networks abducted migrants and demanded ransoms, the agency said, and forced their victims to work or beg.

 

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