How Sudan Smugglers Are Cashing In

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The civil war in Ethiopia sent tens of thousands of refugees over the border to Sudan. Many of those refugees are turning to smugglers in the hopes of making it to Europe.

The year long civil war in Ethiopia sent tens of thousands over the border to Sudan. Desperate to escape refugee camps many are turning to smugglers in the hopes of making it to Europe. Julia Steers gets a rare glimpse at this booming and brutal smuggling route and asks Sudanese authorities how they’re cracking down.

Over the past decade, thousands of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers have been transiting to and through Sudan which is currently hosting some 1,3 million migrants. Most of them rely on smugglers for the transport into, through and out of Sudan, and therefore risk falling prey to abuse and exploitation by smugglers or human traffickers.

According to the UNHCR, persons of concern consulted in Al-Shagarab camps mentioned kidnapping, abduction, physical violence and sexual harassment among their most common fears.

Sudan is the primary transit destination for irregular migrants from the Horn of Africa seeking to reach Europe via North Africa and the Central Mediterranean. Once in Sudan, migrants and refugees usually flock to the capital Khartoum.

Human trafficking is a growing transnational criminal phenomenon, which has been one of the most challenging consequences of contemporary human insecurity and threats to vulnerable people in the world.

Eastern Sudan has witnessed the emergence of a new trend of human trafficking that involves the abduction of refugees from within and around refugee camps in Eastern Sudan to the Sinai Peninsula.

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