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500 victims rescued, 40 human traffickers arrested in West Africa

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM-  Report reaching Globe Afrique has confirmed the arrested of forty people involved in facilitating and conducting human trafficking across West Africa.

According to international police organization, Interpol, on Thursday, 500 people, all victims, were rescued after a leap on human trafficking across West Africa.

Eye Witness say the Interpol-led action comes amid a global outcry sparked by footage of Africans being solved as slaves in Libya, often the final transit for migrants wanting to reach Europe.

In a release, Interpol confirmed that some 500 people, including 236 minors, had been rescued in simultaneous operations across Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and Senegal, and forty suspected traffickers were arrested.

African migrants seeking to cross over to Europe

Innocentia Apovo, operation’s coordinator, said: “The results of this operation underline the challenge faced by law enforcement and all stakeholders in addressing human trafficking in the Sahel region.”

Authorities say the 40 persons arrested will face prosecution for offenses including human trafficking, forced labor, and child exploitation.

“They are accused of forcing victims to engage in activities ranging from begging to prostitution, with little to no regard for working conditions or human life,” the statement said.

Jones Nhinson Williams, a Liberian international public policy professional says African leaders and countries need a new approach to governing.  Adding, “These horrible stories are because of the lack of economic confidence and rewards.

Williams said African nations should prioritize innovation, job creation, and technological development to halt unnecessary migration and the hurdles that accompany it.

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Ben Mabande

Ben Mabande is a researcher and senior contributing reporter with Globe Afrique Media.

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