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Human Trafficking: 61 Sierra Leoneans to be repatriated from Senegal

By Ishmael Bayoh, Information Attachè designate to Sierra Leone Embassy in Dakar, Senegal

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) will on Wednesday August 12, 2020 repatriate 61 out of the 87 Sierra Leoneans, who were trafficked to Senegal.

The Sierra Leone Ambassador to the Republic of Senegal, Alhaji Brima Elvis Koroma is leading the repatriation process with support from the Government of Senegal, the UNHCR, the United Nations Women, European Union and the International Organization for Migration.

Out of the 87 initially arrested, the Sierra Leone embassy in Dakar has verified 61 that are Sierra Leoneans and are willing to return home. All 61 have now been transferred to a Hotel in Dakar awaiting their return this Wednesday.

In accordance with Covid-19 health regulations, IOM is conducting the Covid-19 test on all 61 Sierra Leoneans and only those proven negative will be allowed to board the Chartered flight; ASKY airline that will depart Dakar.

Ambassador Koroma expressed appreciation to the Government of Senegal for their show of magnanimity during the arrest of the Sierra Leoneans unto the repatriation stage. He assured of the Government of Sierra Leone's continued bi-lateral relation between the two countries.

It could be recalled that on Wednesday 24th June 2020, the Faidherbe Police Search Brigade in Dakar arrested 87 Sierra Leoneans and dismantled a vast network of migrants of the largest trail of Human trafficking in the country.

The Police were able to locate three houses: in Diamaniodio, Medina and Malika. All three houses were found to have housed close to 35 migrants.

Among the 87 apprehended, there were 72 women and 15 men. The victims were said to have paid each between $600 to $700 equivalent of 350.000 to 400,000cfa.

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