Authorities in Sudan have freed 177 foreigners believed to have been held by a human trafficking group operating from east of Sudanese capital Khartoum. The operation conducted by joint security officials in the Sudanese capital where they cracked down on six houses where the foreigners were kept. The authorities arrested the kingpin of the operation and seized a vehicle that was used to carry to transport the foreigners.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the victims of the human trafficking ring had been hidden in the houses for over twenty-one days. The cases of human trafficking in Africa have been on the rise especially as Libya made headlines last year for slave trade.
Khartoum says it is maintaining high-level coordination with Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Egypt, Libya and Tunisia from Africa, and Europe’s Italy, Spain, France and Britain to tackle the problem.
Sudan is considered as one of the cross-points for human trafficking and illegal immigration. The European countries have pledged support to help eradicate human trafficking by using air and sea support to pursue multinational human smugglers.