Reuters AlertNet – SOMALIA: Human trafficking on the increase

Reuters and AlertNet are not responsible for the content of this article or for any external internet sites. The views expressed are the author’s alone.HARGEISA, 2 April 2010 (IRIN) – Officials in Somalia’s self-declared independent state of Somaliland are concerned over a rise in human trafficking in the region. Children are mainly trafficked from south-central Somalia, because of the lack of government there, says a senior government official.”Human trafficking is increasing in Somaliland. Before, no one believed that human/child trafficking existed in Somaliland but such kinds of crimes occur here…” Fadumo Sudi, the Minister for Family and Social Affairs, said during a recent ceremony to reunite a girl with her family. She had been trafficked to Hargeisa in February from Qardho, in the autonomous northeast region of Puntland.

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