On Tuesday, Sudanese security authorities in Kassala State freed 17 Eritrean detainees from human trafficking gangs, according to Adoulis.com.
The raid resulted in the arrest of a gang member from the network while the rest fled.
The seventeen refugees aged 14 and 15 years, were found in a deplorable conditions. They were bound with chains inside a tent in a remote area known as Hemesayb, west of Kassala.
At least one of the human traffickers exchanged fire with security officers and was arrested while the rest of the gang fled in two four-wheel drive vehicles.
Similarly, on Wednesday, AlIntibaha.com reported police forces from the town of Gedaref freed four people in Al Fashka. Though the news stated the victims hail from a neighboring country, it is likely that they are either Eritreans or Ethiopians. The authorities arrested the members of a human trafficking network whom it believed were planning to sell the victims to clients outside the Sudanese border.
Over the last few months, the Sudanese public opinion has become apprehensive of the troubles coming to their country from Eritrea. The Sudanese government enjoys a strong relation with the Eritreans regime whose intelligence officers roam Sudanese territories to hunt down people believed to be its opposition or foes. Eritrean refugees in Sudan feel threatened and live in continuous terror from the Eritreans operatives.
In addition to that, many business owned by the Eritrean regime operate in the Sudan covertly with the cooperation of high level Sudanese security officers and government officials. The major collaboration between the Eritreans and Sudanese government officials is believed to be in human trafficking.
After keeping silent about the violation of Eritreans regime’s on the Sudanese sovereignty, committing crimes in the Sudanese territory with impunity, several voices and writers have began to criticize that of late.
It is believed that the mounting public pressure on the Sudanese officers in Eastern Sudan has encouraged a few officers to start apprehending culprits and to take pro-active actions against the transgressions of local and Eritrea criminals.
In September of this year, Sudanese security officers foiled a contraband convoy heading towards Eritrea. That was the first known action the Sudanese officers took against contraband heading to Eritrea in the last ten-years while across the border in Eritrea, the towns of Arbaataasher and Teletaasher are known contraband centers run by an Eritro-Sudanese smuggling cartel.
There is a general sense that the Eritrean regime is coming apart and the Sudanese officials have decided to hedge their bets.