2011 | Simon M. Weldehaimanot

This legal opinion is written in reply to a request made by Release Eritrea on available legal recourse to tackle the recent development of trafficking in persons that has victimized thousands of Eritrean asylum seekers or immigrants. In the last decade, thousands of Eritrean youths have been fleeing Eritrea to escape unmatched political repressions. A significant number of them trek to reach Israel using smugglers that operate the route from refugee camps in Sudan to the common border of Egypt and Israel. In the last two years the smugglers have resorted to dreadful acts of kidnapping, hostage-taking, torture, rape and other sexual abuses and ransoming of Eritrean immigrants or asylum seekers in their custody.