Nearly 100 human trafficking victims have been rescued and some $20,000 paid for ransoms was confiscated in a police operation in Sudan, reports Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
Eighty five of the 94 victims were minors, and some of them had been forced into work in illegally run gold mines “where children as young as 10 were also handling dangerous chemicals and substances such as mercury and cyanide,” according to INTERPOL.
“One consistent aspect arising from our operations against human trafficking is the abuse of the inherent vulnerability of the victims, and the perilous conditions they are made to work in for profit,” said Tim Morris, director of police services.
The agency said the victims were tricked into the trafficking ring and forced to work in a variety of industries, including the mining.
The investigation, Operation Sawiyan, deployed 200 police officers in Sudan to investigate illegal activities in migration, child labor and exploitation, and “forced begging.”
The $20,000 was believed to be “ransom money obtained from the abduction of a migrant,” police said.
The victim was among the rescued.
Fourteen suspects, 12 women and two men, were arrested and the investigations continue, the officers reported.
“The operation was held at multiple hotspots in Khartoum, including its international airport, as well as at open-air gold mines to the east of the city,” INTERPOL said.