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Tanzanian national arrested over trafficking of 16 Ethiopian migrants


Ethiopians aged between 11 and 18 years were being trafficked to South Africa

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania | Xinhua | Tanzanian police said on Monday they arrested a Tanzanian national in connection with trafficking 16 illegal Ethiopian migrants.

Ulrich Matei, the Mbeya regional police commander identified the suspect as 30-year-old Yohana Adam, a resident of Kasumulu in the country’s southern highlands district of Kyela in Mbeya region.

Matei told a news conference that the suspect was arrested on Sunday evening as he was ferrying the illegal migrants to South Africa via neighboring Malawi.

“The Ethiopians were being ferried in a vehicle driven by the suspect,” said the police official, adding that most of the Ethiopians are young men aged between 11 and 18 years.

Matei said police are also hunting for six other suspects who are allegedly running a human trafficking syndicate in the region.



One comment

  1. This is not human trafficking but rather human smuggling. The international laws distinguish the two as two different crimes. Smuggling is a crime against the nation state involving illegal boarder crossing while human trafficking has to do with force, fraud, or coercion to work (sex or labor) for financial gain. Human trafficking does not require illegal boarder crossing. Please edit the article to reflect the correct legal terms.

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