ADDIS ABABA, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) — Authorities in Ethiopia’s Amhara regional state, located in the northern part of Ethiopia, on Monday said that they have intercepted some 882 individuals as the country works to curb human trafficking.
In a press statement, Amhara region Employment and Social Affairs Office, said 882 individuals were intercepted during the last Ethiopian Fiscal Year 2018/19, which ended on July 7, reported state media outlet Ethiopia News Agency.
The statement further said authorities have separately arrested and brought before court 32 Ethiopians suspected of masterminding human trafficking activities.
Out of the 882 Ethiopians intercepted during the 2018/19 fiscal year, 440 were women with the rest being men.
Despite a growing economy and public awareness campaigns on the dangers of human trafficking by the Ethiopian government, it is estimated that thousands of Ethiopians are trafficked to foreign countries every year.
The Ethiopian migrants are trafficked through three main routes to reach their final destinations in the Arabian Peninsula, the European mainland or South Africa.