Niger Authorities Arrest 30 Trafficking Suspects

Niger's Justice Minister and government spokesman Marou Amadou gestures during a press conference in Niamey on June 2, 2013, following a prison break. Several "terrorists" were among 22 inmates who escaped a prison in Niamey on June 1 during unrest in which three guards were killed. AFP PHOTO / BOUREIMA HAMA        (Photo credit should read BOUREIMA HAMA/AFP/Getty Images)

Niger Authorities Arrest 30 Trafficking Suspects

Niger's information minister says authorities in the West African country have arrested about 30 people in connection with human trafficking networks.

Published November 18, 2013

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger's information minister says authorities in the West African country have arrested about 30 people in connection with human trafficking networks.

Minister Marou Amadou told The Associated Press on Monday that among the suspects are two drivers of the vehicles that broke down in a remote area last month.

Authorities say 92 people subsequently died of dehydration, most of them women and children.

Amadou said the suspects included police officers as well as others who had taken money to help migrants travel to Europe.

The area just south of the vast Sahara Desert has been used by smugglers for decades.

Tens of thousands of West African migrants attempting to reach Europe in recent years have taken this perilous overland voyage, after authorities cracked down on sea routes.


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 (Photo: BOUREIMA HAMA/AFP/Getty Images)

Written by Associated Press

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