Traf­fick­ers held

Pretoria News Weekend - - WORLD -

PARIS: In­ter­pol says 40 sus­pected hu­man traf­fick­ers have been ar­rested and nearly 500 of their vic­tims freed in an vast po­lice op­er­a­tion in five African coun­tries.

It said 236 of those res­cued were mi­nors. The op­er­a­tion ear­lier this month was car­ried out in Chad, Mali, Mau­ri­ta­nia, Niger and Sene­gal.

In­ter­pol said the sus­pects were ac­cused of forc­ing vic­tims “to en­gage in ac­tiv­i­ties rang­ing from beg­ging to pros­ti­tu­tion, with lit­tle to no re­gard for work­ing con­di­tions or hu­man life”. – AP

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