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European MPs urge end to Sinai human trafficking

By AFP STRASBOURG: The European parliament called Thursday on Egypt to stamp out human trafficking in the Sinai and urged EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton to make the issue a priority in ties with Cairo. In a resolution, MEPs also urged the Egyptian authorities to step in to protect a 25 year-old Eritrean called …

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Eritrean dissident in Cairo slams human trafficking through Sinai

CAIRO: Over 200 Eritrean refugees are believed to be held in captivity by human traffickers in Sinai and around 600 held in Egyptian prisons since the January uprising, according to Eritrean dissident Adam Al-Haj Moussa. They are held for ransom or as part of organ trafficking rings, he said during a trip to Cairo. Moussa …

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Priest says traffickers holding 500 mainly Eritrean refugees

ROME: A Catholic priest spoke out on Thursday against human traffickers he said had been holding 500 mainly Eritrean refugees hostage for nearly a year in the Sinai Peninsula, near the Israeli border. "Around 500 men and women are being held in basements or tunnels, sometimes in containers, in Rafah as well as south of …

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Egypt working towards compliance with anti-trafficking standards

CAIRO: Despite not fully complying with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act’s minimum standards, Egypt is making a significant effort towards compliance, according to a US State Department report. The 2011 global “Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report” released June 27 by the US State Department said Egypt is a source, transit and destination country for women …

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African refugees being held captive by smugglers, says Sinai source

CAIRO: African refugees are being held captive by smugglers in Sinai and are often subjected to torture and abuses as captors demand more ransom money, a source in Sinai told Daily News Egypt. “They are often held captive as the smugglers demand more money from them. Unfortunately they are often abused and tortured by the …

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Egypt says no information on ‘abducted’ migrants

CAIRO: Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said on Saturday his country has no information concerning reports that hundreds of Eritrean hostages are being held by people traffickers in the Sinai Peninsula. "The interior ministry, which is always in contact with the foreign ministry, has no information whatsoever about reports that hundreds of Eritreans are …

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The state of African refugees in Egypt

By Omnia Al Desoukie CAIRO: Latika, a 50-year-old Ethiopian woman, stated her life in Egypt is like “living in a cage.” Latika, who once struggled with security troops in her home country over her opposition to the Ethiopian government, fled Ethiopia in the hope of finding a better life. She came to Egypt in order to …

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Egypt probes reported migrant abductions

EL-ARISH: Egypt is investigating reports that people traffickers are holding up to 300 Eritreans hostage in the Sinai Peninsula, a senior security official told AFP on Wednesday. "So far we have not confirmed these reports given by local media" that about 300 migrants were being held hostage by traffickers in a mountainous region near the …

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UN concerned over kidnapped Eritreans

GENEVA: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on Tuesday said it was concerned about 250 Eritrean migrants believed to be being held hostage in the Sinai desert by people traffickers. "We have noted media reports that the traffickers are demanding payments of $8,000 per person for their release, that people are being held in …

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