Twenty-one Ethiopians were arrested in the northern Tigray state over alleged involvement in a human trafficking ring, authorities said on Monday.
Tsehaye Arefayne, Tigray regional state crime investigation department supervisor, said there were women among the 21 apprehended.
“With police working closely with local communities, we’ve seen increase in arrest of human traffickers and decrease in the number of people being trafficked to neighboring countries,” he said.
Thousands of Ethiopians are believed to be trafficked annually to foreign countries.
Despite a growing economy, Ethiopia has been struggling to keep up with the economic needs of its youth, which make up an estimated 70 percent of the country’s population of 100 million. Enditem