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In Brief: Raids free enslaved migrants/refugees in Yemen

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DUBAI, 2 May 2013 (IRIN) - The army in Yemen has started a crackdown on
illegal smuggling hideouts in the north where migrants, refugees and
asylum seekers from the Horn of Africa are frequently held against
their will and tortured by criminal gangs looking for ransom money.

In the last four weeks, 1,620 migrants, including women and children,
have been freed in army raids around the northern town of Haradh close
to the border with Saudi Arabia, according to information
man-traffickers> from the International medical NGO M


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