Preparatory meetings for international conference on human trafficking held in Khartoum

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Addis Ababa, 21 May 2014 (WIC) - Preparatory meetings for the planned international conference on combating illegal migration and human trafficking due to convene in September were being held in Khartoum on 20 May 2014.
The meetings were organized by the African Union in coordination with the International Organization for Migration offices in Khartoum and Addis Ababa, and the Sudanese Government.
The conference is intended to curb human trafficking and illegal migration besides promoting procedures for combating them.
Sudan’s Foreign Ministry said several central and East African countries were taking part in the preparatory meetings and Sudan would be represented by officials from the Foreign Ministry, the Ministry of Interior, the Commission for Refugees and the National Council for Population.
Last July, the Sudanese cabinet endorsed a draft bill on combating human trafficking in line with government pledges to tackle the issue this year.
The US State Department’s 2012 report on Human Trafficking identified Sudan as a "source, transit and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking".
Eastern Sudan in particular is reported to be an area through which refugees fleeing from Eritrea try to reach Europe with the help of human smugglers.(MoFA)