ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua) --
The Ethiopia Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA)
announced on Friday it has helped free 15 nationals held captive
by human traffickers in Sudan.
In a press
statement, the MoFA said the 15 nationals were freed in recent
days by the joint efforts of the Ethiopian embassy in Khartoum
and Sudanese security forces.
captives were forced by the human traffickers to call their
relatives to pay ransom in exchange for the Ethiopians safety,
the MoFA further said.
thousands of Ethiopians illegally enter Sudan every year either
to work in the Sudanese informal sector or use it as a transit
point on their way to be trafficked across the Mediterranean Sea
to reach their destinations in Europe.
Despite a growing economy and public awareness campaigns on the
danger of illegal migration by the Ethiopian government, it is
reported that thousands of Ethiopians looking for better
economic opportunities are trafficked annually to foreign