UCF Global Perspectives


INTERPOL and Sudan Fight Trafficking

Michelle Murillo, Bok Human Trafficking Awareness Fellow

September 18, 2018

INTERPOL officials recently announced a late-August operation resulting in the rescue of 94 human trafficking victims in Sudan (FMT). The operation, Sawiyan, was headed by Sudanese police officers and INTERPOL agents stationed in Khartoum (FMT). They arrested 14 individuals and confiscated 20,000 USD. The human trafficking networks involved illegal migration, child labor and exploitation and forced begging (INTERPOL). Many of the victims worked in illegally-operate gold mines handling mercury and cyanide (AP).

INTERPOL’s Executive Director of Police Services, Tim Morris, declared human trafficking a “transnational problem” due to victims’ diversity of nationalities (INTERPOL). The statement called for continued international cooperation, highlighting INTERPOL’s useful access criminal global databases. Sawiyan was part of a larger effort, INTERPOL’s Project Flyway, which safeguards vulnerable communities in North Africa. This operation required in-country cooperation with Sudan’s Child Protective Unit and the Ministry of Social Affairs for long-term support for victims (AP).



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