Organized Crime & Gangs

Human, drug and ivory trafficking on the rise in eastern Africa – U.N.

“More than 100,000 people were smuggled out of eastern Africa in 2012, heroin seizures are soaring and ivory poaching has risen to levels that could threaten local elephant populations, the United Nations said in a report on organised crime on Tuesday. Most of the people being smuggled are Ethiopians and Somalis hoping to find a better life working in Yemen and Saudi Arabia. En route, they are often kidnapped, tortured and held for ransom.”

Source: Human, drug and ivory trafficking on the rise in eastern Africa – U.N.

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