CAIRO: The National Center for Social and Criminological Research (NCSCR) in coordination with the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) launched Sunday a four-day training program to combat human trafficking and illegal immigration, Youm7 reported.
Employees from the Ministry of Manpower were selected to attend the program, which aims to raise awareness of the social and legal risks of human trafficking and illegal immigration, Nesreen al-Boghdady, the head of the NCSCR, told The Cairo Post Sunday.
“Your duty is to raise awareness among youths of the consequence of illegal immigration,” said Boghdady during the training program’s opening ceremony that took place in the NCSCR.
The program comes amid a wave of rising illegal immigration sweeping Egypt in recent months, Samiha Nosseir, a social science professor at the NCSCR and a lecturer in the program, told The Cairo Post.
In the past 10 years, several Egyptians have been arrested and deported in EU countries over illegal immigration while others drowned in the Mediterranean when the boats carrying them to the ‘dream land’ sank off, said Nosseir.
In October 2013, following the death of 12 migrants whose boat capsized near the Egyptian port of Alexandria, the European Union voted to launch a maritime surveillance system aimed at preventing further migrant disasters, according to BBC.
A 79-page Human Rights Watch report titled “I wanted to lie down and die,” says that since 2010, Eritrean refugees in Egypt have been beaten, mutilated, raped and hanged from ceilings by traffickers.
According to the report, their relatives are contacted by mobile phone and are forced to wire ransom money so that captives escape further torture.
The report claimed that Egyptian authorities turn a blind eye to the traffickers’ abuses and failed to identify and arrest traffickers.