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Latest Publication


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The Human Trafficking Cycle: Sinai and Beyond
Authors: Mirjam van Reisen, Meron Estefanos & Conny Rijken

This study looks at what happens to people who are captured, extorted and tortured in the Sinai. Treated as commodities, sold and resold – these people are trafficked. The vocabulary of ‘warehouses’ and ‘auctions’ and the negotiation of the ‘price’ of the hostages is reminiscent of the age of slavery, when the value of people was determined by their market price.
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Launch at the European Parliament

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The report "The Human Trafficking Cycle:Sinai and Beyond was presented to Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissionere for Home Affairs, at a hearing in the European Parliament today. The hearing was hosted by Olle Schmidt MEP.

The report is based on the graphic testimonies of refugees from the Horn of Africa, the vast majority being Eritrean, who have been through the torture camps of Sinai.   It is estimated that between 25,000 and 30,000 refugees have been held as hostages in Sinai, of whom many have died or dissappeared. That total value of the entire Sinai Trafficking cycle is calculated to be of the order of 600 million USD.

The Human Trafficking Cycle: Sinai and Beyond shows that for the survivors of Sinai the challenges do not end when they are released, but continue as most remain trapped in situations of insecurity and without the support they need to recover from the physical and psychological trauma of their experiences. 

Simultaneous launches of the report have been taking place in Lampedusa, Tel Aviv, Cairo and London.

 A draft version of the report is now available: The Human Trafficking Cycle: Sinai and Beyond

You can also find:

Executive Summary
The Human Trafficking Cycle Statement
Press Release
About the Authors 

Media exposure

YouTube SymposiumMarga Klompé Symposium - Tilburg University
Statement Mirjam van Reisen (YouTube)Interview EEPA Director Prof. Dr. Mirjam van Reisen
Statement Meron Estefanos (YouTube)Interview Meron Estefanos
Prof. Dr. Mirjam van Reisen on the legacy of Marga Klompe