Sudan yesterday called on the international community to help it combat human trafficking.
The call came during a meeting between the Undersecretary to the Sudanese Ministry of Justice and Chairman of the National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking, Ahmed Abbas and a delegation from the Austrian Ministry of Immigration in Khartoum, the official Sudan News Agency (SUNA) reported.
“Sudan is keen to combat human trafficking and to develop a national strategy to combat it,” Abbas said.
“Sudan has developed four principles: preventing human trafficking, protecting and caring for trafficking victims, investigating and prosecuting traffickers and arranging internal, regional and international cooperation and partnerships,” he added.
The Austrian delegation arrived in Khartoum yesterday on a two-day visit, during which they will hold talks with Sudanese officials on human trafficking and other issues.
International organisations accuse Sudan of not doing enough to tackle human trafficking; Khartoum maintains that it lacks the necessary resources.
Last November, Sudan launched a national plan for 2018 and 2019 to combat human trafficking in cooperation with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).
In 2014, the Sudanese parliament passed a law against human trafficking ranging from death to imprisonment from five to 20 years.