No fewer than 100 women and girls have been rescued by the police in Burundi from human traffickers, a statement said on Tuesday.
Moise Nkurunziza, Burundi’s Deputy Police spokesperson, said, in the statement, that the girls were rescued from a rented house.
He said, “The police found that there were 101 girls and women who were in an ordeal, and were deprived of freedom, of all means of communication with the outside, and without even their families knowing where they were in a house rented for the purpose of human trafficking.”
He said the house was rented by a company claiming to train women in culinary arts, but which in fact helps “smuggle these girls and women to Arab countries – in this case, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Oman.”
There they are often forced into sex trafficking and forced labour, two people from the company have been arrested so far, while the girls and women are remain in police custody.
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