KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) --
Sudanese authorities on Sunday freed 177
foreigners held by a human trafficking group in a neighborhood
east of the Sudanese capital Khartoum, official SUNA news agency
“A joint force of
the central reserve police, emergency and operations
administration, the criminal investigation and the police of the
locality cracked down on the area and arrested the main
defendant,” Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Abdel-Rahim, Director of Khartoum
State Police, was quoted as saying.
He added that the
force has managed to free the foreigners, who had been hidden in
six houses, and seized a vehicle the defendant used in his
He noted that the
victims have been hidden for more than 21 days at Alwan area in
the eastern Nile neighborhood, east of Khartoum.
Sudan has witnessed
an increase in organized activities in the human trafficking and
illegal immigration fields.
Khartoum says it is
maintaining high-level coordination with Ethiopia, Eritrea,
Djibouti, Egypt, Libya and Tunisia from Africa, and Europe’s
Italy, Spain, France and Britain to tackle the problem.
Sudan is considered
as one of the cross-points for human trafficking and illegal
countries vowed support for Sudan in combating human trafficking
after Khartoum asked for air and sea support to pursue
multinational human smugglers.