UN official: Sudan has contributed effectively to combating human trafficking

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS)

A UN official said on Tuesday that Sudan had actively contributed to combating human trafficking, corruption and money laundering.

This came during a meeting of the regional representative for the Middle East and North Africa for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, David Izadivar, with the Sudanese Attorney General, Taj Al-Sir Ali Al-Inkr, in the capital Khartoum, according to a statement issued by the Public Prosecution.

The statement quoted Isadivar as saying, “Sudan has contributed effectively to combating human trafficking, corruption, money laundering and other crimes.”

He added that “Sudan will benefit from the training programs of the office until the confirmation of the application of criminal justice and crime prevention.”

For his part, El-Ink said, “The Public Prosecution oversees the investigation of all transnational crimes, such as trafficking in human beings, combating corruption, and money laundering.”

He pointed out that the Public Prosecution Office has specialized offices in Khartoum and border states affected by irregular migration and human trafficking.

Al-Ink said that the Sudanese prosecution aspires in the cooperation of the United Nations Regional Office on Drugs and Crime in the field of training and capacity building.

Sudan is a transit and source for irregular migrants, mostly from the Horn of Africa, as they are transported to European shores.

There are no official Sudanese statistics on the numbers of irregular migrants or the gangs that are active in the country to smuggle them, and the government justifies this by its weak ability compared to the large cost of pursuing gangs across its broad borders.

To reduce the phenomenon, the Sudanese parliament approved in early 2014 a law to combat human trafficking, with penalties ranging from death and imprisonment from five to twenty years.

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