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72 Ethiopians intercepted in suspected human trafficking case

ADDIS ABABA:Authorities in Ethiopia's northern Amhara region on Tuesday disclosed they have intercepted 72 Ethiopians in a suspected case of human trafficking.

In a press statement, Bati district communication office of Amhara region said the 44 males and 28 females were recently being transported secretly on a freight truck, and they were intercepted at a local security checkpoint.

The statement said the individuals who were believed to have neighboring Djibouti as their final destination plan were intercepted during a security operation carried out jointly by local police and the Ethiopian army.

"The individuals were given orientation training on the dangers of human trafficking and thereafter repatriated to their home areas respectively," the statement from Bati district communication office further said.

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