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Ethiopia: 3,000 victims of human trafficking intercepted

Ethiopia’s National Council on Prevention and Control of Human Trafficking said it has intercepted 3,800 individuals attempting to enter the country illegally. According to the Council’s report presented on Wednesday, the authorities have since sent the migrants back to their respective countries of origin.
The number of victims of human trafficking in the reported period increased compared to the same period last fiscal year, according to the council’s report.
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86 human traffickers were arrested and charged in the reported period, the report said, further revealing that more than 20 smugglers had bene given verdicts.
Introducing laws to curb illegal immigration and approving overseas employment proclamation were among the activities carried out to prevent human trafficking during the past six months, it indicated.
Lack of coordination between task forces established at federal and regional levels as well as the involvement of security forces, government bodies, embassies and diplomats in the trafficking process were mentioned as problems faced in the reported period.
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