New Report Exposes Trafficking Rings in Egypt’s Sinai

Is anyone with the power to stop this doing anything? I think not….so sad!


Photo by Leyland Cecco

By John Beck on December 12, 2013—
“In Egypt’s increasingly lawless peninsula, criminal gangs are kidnapping African migrants and subjecting them to horrific abuse for steep ransoms. A new report exposes the terror.

The horrors experienced by victims of human trafficking in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula are almost unimaginable. Held in ‘torture camps’ run by gang leaders, they are systematically subjected to physical abuse and sexual violence by their captors in a bid to exhort money from family at home and abroad. Many die or are killed. Others escape, only to be detained by Egyptian security forces, held in detention facilities and subsequently deported. A lucky few reach Cairo. It is rarely the sanctuary one might expect.

The lawless nature of the restive peninsular region makes the scale of the problem hard to gauge, but by most estimates the numbers are huge. A draft report entitled “The…

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