Eleven young Somalis freed from human traffickers

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Sudanese police have freed 11 young Somali nationals, comprising eight young women and three boys, from human traffickers in Sudan’s north Kordofan, near the border with Libya.

The official Sudan news agency on Tuesday said police at the Jabrat al-Sheikh locality, some 500 km west of Khartoum, on Monday freed the Somalis, aged between 15 and 20 years, from human trafficking gangs.

The agency quoted Jabrat al-Sheikh Locality Police Director, Col. Mu’tasim Mirghani Osman, as saying arrangements had been made to send the Somalis to El-Obeid, capital of North Kordofan State, which shares a border with Libya.

Colonel Osman said the Somalis were “victims of human traffickers” who left them in the desert area, which had become a huge scene for organized crimes, narcotics and human trafficking.

Human trafficking usually begins at the far eastern borders between the Sudan and Eritrea and Ethiopia, with the traffickers, usually involving at least one Sudanese guide, going through deserted areas and desert routes up the north western borders with Libya.