Join with Avaaz and help stop the Sinai slave trade

Human trafficking in Egypt

Thousands of East Africans have been abducted by criminal trafficking rings, and tortured in Egypt’s Sinai until their desperate families pay huge ransoms for their freedom. Victims are kidnapped in Ethiopia, Sudan and Eritrea and taken to Sinai.

Scarred, terrified and systematically tortured, the victims of human traffickers in the Sinai peninsula have been largely abandoned to their fate by Egyptian authorities. Even after ransoms are paid, survivors often find it impossible to reach safety because of an increase in border controls in the countries along the Sinai.

The Sinai desert is a hub for people trafficking. Many of the refugees from sub-Saharan Africa who get smuggled through there get tortured and blackmailed in the process. Bedouin gangs, instead of trafficking the refugees straight into Israel, often hold them captive, torture them and force relatives into paying ransoms for their release.

The official reports

Egyptian officials have rejected claims they turn a blind eye to the traffickers’ abuses and have denied that security forces at times actively collude with the people-smugglers in the peninsula, where Egyptian forces have been battling an increasingly sophisticated Islamic insurgency.

According to new research within a report titled ‘The Human Trafficking Cycle: Sinai and Beyond’, up to 30,000 Eritreans have been abducted since 2007 and taken to Egypt’s Sinai to suffer torture and ransom demands. Most of those targeted are Eritrean refugees fleeing the country. Torture is carried out routinely and includes severe beating, electrocution, water-drowning, burning, hanging, hanging by hair, and amputation of limbs – and is often a combination of these. Children, even the smallest of babies, are reported to have been beaten.

The campaign to stop slave trade in Sinai

Avaaz has put together a campaign to stop the slave trade in Sinai. This will involve:

  • Joining with elected officials from Egypt’s major donor countries to press Egypt to act;
  • Running hard-hitting ads targeting Egypt’s prized tourism industry;
  • Exposing the names of the key traffickers in a series of national Avaaz campaigns in the region;
  • Helping journalists get access to torture camps to investigate which officials are complicit.

Supporting Avaaz

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How you can help

Support Avaaz in their campaign to stop slave trade by signing the petition:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/end_the_torture_trade_loc/?slideshow

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