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Somali police arrest 11 people for child trafficking

MOGADISHU— Somali police say, 11 suspected people, including 8 women were arrested for trafficking 11 children under age 7-12 years old after a month operation was carried out in the capital, Mogadishu.

Somalia’s deputy police chief Zakia Hussein says the police had seized a child smuggling network in the capital, after an operation.

Hussein says, 11 suspects were taken into CID headquarters for further investigations.

She said a 7-month child was among those who were being trafficked.

“We have seized a child trafficking network. We also arrested 11 suspects, including 8 women”, she added.

The police rescued the children whom it says were in the selling process.

Somalia remains a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking, said in a 2018 report released by United States.


Abdi Aziz Hassan Ibrahim is , a somali veteran journalist based in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Twitter @mareegonline