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The situations of trafficking women from Ethiopia to Sudan

The case of Metema route

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1.1. Statement of the Problem
1.2. Research Objectives
1.3. Research Questions
1.4. Significance of the Study
1.5. Scope of the Study
1.6. Limitations of the study
1.7. Structure of the Study
1.8. Research Methodology
1.8.1. Study Area Description
1.8.2. Source
1.8.3. Sampling Design
1.8.4. Data Collection In-depth Interview Key Informant Interview Focus Group Discussion Document Analysis
1.8.5. Ethical Considerations
1.8.6. Data Processing and Analysis

2.1. Contested Definitions of Trafficking
2.1.1. Overview of the Concept of Trafficking in Persons Recruitment Transportation Exploitation
2.1.2. Irregular Migration vs. Trafficking in Persons
2.1.3. Human Smuggling vs. Trafficking in Persons
2.1.4. Trafficking in Women
2.2. Root Causes of Trafficking in Persons
2.2.1. Pushing (Supply Side) Factors
2.2.2. Pulling (Demand Side) Factors
2.2.3. Factors Create Impunity
2.3. The Global and Regional Trafficking Patterns
2.4. Human Trafficking Record of East African Countries
2.5. The National Context of Trafficking in Women
2.6. International and Regional Instruments
2.7. National Instruments

3.1. Background Information of Interviewees
3.1.1. Trafficking Women Respondents by Age
3.1.2. Trafficking Women Respondents by Marital Status
3.1.3. Trafficking Women Respondents by Residence
3.1.4. Background Information of FGD Participants
3.2. Expectations and Reasons for Leaving
3.3. The Recruitment Process and Negotiation with Brokers
3.4. Means of Transportation
3.4.1. Risks in the Passageway
3.5. The Traffickers Web: Sharing Benefits
3.6. The Condition Confronts Women at Arrival
3.7. The Work Environment
3.8. The Moments of Being Captured by the Police
3.9. Life in Prison
3.9.1. Responses from the Ethiopian Embassy in Sudan and Other Stakeholders to the Women in Prison…
3.10. Means of Returning Home
3.11. Preventive (Counter Trafficking) Measures

4.1. Conclusion
4.2. Recommendations


List of Cases

List of Interviewees

National Laws

International Instruments


Appendix A: Interview Guide

Appendix B: FGD Guide

Appendix C: List of Figures

Appendix D: List of Tables

Appendix E: 2011 Trafficking in Persons Report Tier Placement of African Nations


The study is primarily aimed at exploring the experiences of women who are victims of trafficking in women from Ethiopia to Sudan particularly through the Metema trafficking route. It demonstrates the way how the trafficking women victims were trapped by the web of the traffickers, means of transportations, and the manner of treatment throughout the trafficking process and the forms of exploitations faced by them at their arrival. Moreover, an endeavor is made to point out the human rights violations confronted by the trafficking women victims at each key stages of the trafficking process. The study is conducted in critical research approach and employed in-depth interviews, key informant interviews and focus group discussion vis-à-vis analysis of relevant literatures and secondary data sources as an instrument to solicit the necessary information for the research. The research found out that the women are pushed by poverty and allied factors and further hauled by the stories of attractive job opportunities and salary, pertaining to the false promises of the traffickers and individuals in the trafficking circle. Moreover, the findings signify that the women had experienced numerous human rights violations throughout the passage, in destination and prisons in Sudan. Thus, it is the belief of the researcher that the outcomes of the study will be helpful to all concerned stakeholders to take the necessary measures to see end the misery of many of Ethiopian women exposed and subjected to trafficking in women.

Keywords: Women, human trafficking, trafficking in persons, human smuggling, migration, irregular migration, trafficking in women, trafficking women victims, trafficking women returnees and Metema.



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This study is conducted on the situations of trafficking women from Ethiopia to Sudan through Metema route. It explores the experiences of trafficking women victims presently returned or deported from Sudan to Ethiopia through Metema. This chapter is an introductory section which presents the basic structure, composition and overall justification of the study. Thus, it includes the statement of the problem, research objectives, and research questions, significance of the study, scope and limitations of the study as well as the methodological approaches and procedures employed by the researcher in conducting this study.

1.1. Statement of the Problem

Ethiopia is one of the countries of origin for internationally trafficking women subjected to conditions of forced labor and prostitution.[1] Youthful women from all over the country are trafficked for domestic servitude to Gulf States as well as neighboring countries such as Djibouti, Kenya, Somaliland and Sudan to seek their dreams abroad.[2]

Although all persons including men, women and children are inevitably victimized out of the trafficking patterns, the women are particularly vulnerable to the most biter physical and psychological inhuman experiences in magnitude and intense. This may possibly include (but not limited to) violent death, sexual exploitation and rape, robe, insult and intimidation, and beatings during the voyage. Besides, in destination, most trafficking women are exposed to many exploitation forms and sometimes coerced to work off the debt they have incurred for the services provided to them by the brokers. In the most extreme instances, the victims become slaves pure and simple, losing all control over their lives and becoming objects to be bought and sold on the prostitution market.[3]

Pertaining to the trafficking routes, trafficking women are commonly using two ways to leave Ethiopia. They either buy an air ticket to take a flight from Bole International Airport to the destination country or cross the border to neighboring countries using the ‘desert routes’. The ‘desert route’ includes the passageway to South Africa through Moyale; to Saudi Arabia through Bossasso; to Saudi Arabia and United Arab emirates (UAE) through Afar, Djibouti and Yemen; to Sudan through Metema; to Djibouti through Dire Dawa; and to Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and UAE through Bole International Airport.[4]

Hence, Metema is one of the distinguished human trafficking routes in Ethiopia, serve as a way out for a large number of peoples trafficked to Sudan. It also serves as a way back for returning survivals that either compellingly deported by the Sudan government or come escaping from the hands of the brokers and their employers each day. According to the data from the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopian (FDRE) Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), around 75,000 to 100,000 Ethiopians have used one-month tourist visa to cross the border by using bus through Metema per annum.[5] This number does not include the people who travelled through the desert for days/weeks to cross the Ethio-Sudan border in foot. As above, though both ways are not risk-free, traveling in foot through the deserts is horrifically dangerous, where many people; particularly women, have perished in the desert due to thirst and hunger, and robed, raped and sexually abused by the brokers and rebels in Sudan.[6] However, most of the women travelled with a one-month visa as well are tied to the traffickers’ network, in search for a job instantly after arriving in Sudan.[7]

The Metema route is chiefly used by women from Ethiopia for the purpose of seeking domestic work in Sudan, but sometimes also used as a transit to Libya and then to Europe. Besides, there are also reports that some are trafficked for the purposes of commercial sex work and marriage to rich Sudanese nationals.[8]

Therefore, the elevated seriousness and sensitiveness of the problem in relation to the pattern of trafficking in women in Metema area has initiated the researcher to conduct the study. Furthermore, the study was designed to make an endeavor to uncover the exact situation of the trafficking women in the area so as to indicate possible solutions to the problem.

1.2. Research Objectives

The research has a general objective of exploring the situations of trafficking women from Ethiopia to Sudan through the Metema route, viewing from the human rights perspective. Moreover, the specific objectives of the research aim:

- To examine the manner how trafficking women are treated during their journey from Ethiopia to Sudan through the Metema route and in destination.
- To scrutinize circumstances that makes women vulnerable to potential human rights abuses in the trafficking process.
- To explore the accustomed techniques and trends applied by traffickers in their operations to move the women trafficking victims from one place to another.
- To assess the strengths and weaknesses in the current responses of stakeholders to suppress the pattern of trafficking in women in Metema area.

1.3. Research Questions

The main questions the researcher aims to address in the study are:

- How trafficking women are treated during their journey from Ethiopia to Sudan through the Metema route and in destination?
- What circumstances make women particularly vulnerable to potential human rights abuses in the trafficking process?
- What techniques and trends do the traffickers use to travel the women trafficking victims from one place to another until they reach in destination?
- What are the strengths and weaknesses in the current responses to suppress the pattern of trafficking in women in Metema area?

1.4. Significance of the Study

Conducting this study is decisive, firstly because the study will provides resource concerning the trafficking in women pattern in Metema area for researchers interested in the future to make further studies in the area. Secondly, the study will grant access to up-to-date and reliable information for the whole community and concerned stakeholders regarding the actual existing situation of trafficking women from Ethiopia to Sudan through the Metema route. At last, the research will offer realistic input for concerned government bodies and policy makers, so as to make them fully understand the actual image of the problem and take appropriate remedies to alleviate the problem.

1.5. Scope of the Study

In fact all women, men and children throughout the country are comparably vulnerable to trafficking crimes. Besides, all trafficking victims are faced with several human rights abuses in their endeavor to cross the borders of neighboring and other destination countries, regardless of the travel mechanisms they use. Nevertheless, so as to make the study manageable and comprehensively address the issues by the time, financial and material resources at hand, only those women who have trafficked from Ethiopia to Sudan through the Metema route are included in the study. Hence, trafficking men and children, plus women trafficking through other human trafficking routes available in Ethiopia, as well as women trafficking to other neighboring (and beyond) countries than Sudan through any of these routes were not considered as part of the study.

1.6. Limitations of the study

In conducting this study, the researcher has faced with some limitations. The major limitations includes the silence trend of victims of trafficking or hesitation to share their stories with the researcher and lack of well organized and up-to-date data showing the full picture of the trafficking patters in the area. Besides, the researcher has also faced with other limitations include the difficulty to access to some top secret documents that are not simply disclosed to ordinary persons; particularly the documentaries and records of trafficking victims in the Metema woreda police office, financial and time limitations.

Nevertheless, these limitations did not have a significant adverse effect on the findings of the study. For the reason that the data gaps that have been difficult to get through one instrument (e.g. through interview with respondents) are filled by triangulating with either the information earned in focus group discussions or from secondary sources and vice-versa. In addition, the researcher has made an effort to establish a good interaction with the informants by approaching them through their friends and family members to make them more comfortable and confident to converse about their trafficking experiences all through the interviews. Thus, the researcher believes that, even though it was not straightforward, a complete picture of the problem has outlined by effectively utilizing the existing resources to the study.

1.7. Structure of the Study

Generally, the research is organized into four chapters. Chapter one is an introductory part that provides the underlying principles of the study; which specifically encompassed the statement of the problem, the objectives of the study, the research questions, the significance of the study, scope and limitations of the study, and the research methodology part which deals with the methods and instruments employed to select the samples, and to collect, process and analyze the necessary data to the study. In chapter two, the basic human trafficking conceptual frameworks vis-à-vis the global, regional and national contexts of trafficking in women, and at last the human rights instruments and legislative frameworks pertaining to trafficking in women are reviewed. Chapter three discussed the situations of trafficking women from Ethiopia to Sudan through the Metema route: the analysis of the background characteristics of the respondents and the entire empirical data collected from the primary and secondary sources through the selected instruments pertaining to the study problem. Finally, the fourth chapter presents the conclusion and recommendations.

1.8. Research Methodology

The study has employed a qualitative research approach, which allows the researcher to investigate initial participant responses: by using open ended questions ask why or how with full freedom and flexibility. The reason why such method is used is to enable informants express their ideas in their own words and get the full picture of the situation.

Hence, the researcher has primarily used the statements of the trafficking women returnees to establish a pattern of the experiences, treatments and problems they face throughout their passage and in destination. Additionally, supplementary data are collected from other informants to fill the information gaps appeared in due course.

1.8.1. Study Area Description

The research is conducted in Metema woreda area. Metema woreda is one of the districts in Ethiopia, Amhara Regional State. Amhara Regional State has totally 11 Administrative Zones and more than 100 districts. Hence Metema woreda is found in North Gondar Administrative Zone. It is one of the border towns between Ethiopia and Sudan and is located about 900 kilometers northwest of Addis Ababa and 180 kilometers west of Gondar town.

1.8.2. Source

The researcher has used primary sources including women returnees and victims of trafficking, police officials and prosecutors, legal experts, and other concerned government authorities, to obtain original or firsthand information. Moreover, the researcher has used secondary sources to back the information gathered from the informants. For that reason, previously conducted research papers, police and court case records, state documents and records, official statistics, mass media outputs, and journal articles and conference papers were reviewed in triangulation with the first hand data acquired from respondents to reach to the full picture of the situation.

1.8.3. Sampling Design

Snow ball non probability sampling method was employed by the researcher to select respondents from the whole study population. This is imperative to efficiently track the direct victims and actors of the situation. Therefore, snow ball method was used to drop a line with the trafficking women victims and concerned stakeholders. In doing so, the earliest or previously contacted informants were served as a spring board to find and introduce the researcher to the rest of participants found in similar categories.[9]

Despite the fact that sample size is highly subjected to the time, manpower and financial resources available to the study, the researcher has used two principal criteria to select adequate number of participants from the target population. These are sufficiency and saturation principles.[10] This means, firstly, enough numbers of participants enable the researcher to fully understand the situation and reflect the full picture of the entire trafficking process; starting from the origin areas here in Ethiopia to the destination places in Sudan, were selected. And secondly, the researcher has conducted interviews and listen to the statements of these targeted women returnees until the point of having the sense of listening similar information repetitively and has no longer expects to hear and find out something new.

1.8.4. Data Collection

The necessary data to the study were collected from the primary and secondary sources all the way through using a combination of multiple data gathering instruments including in-depth interview, key informant interview, focus group discussion, review of relevant literatures and document analysis. Furthermore, an effort has made by the researcher to get a complete picture of the problem of the study and block some of the inadequacies of the instruments by triangulating with the information gathered through the other data gathering instrument. In-depth Interview

Even though there are various data collection techniques regularly used by researchers to gather information from primary sources, interview is mostly considered as the best instrument used in qualitative research. Moreover, it is a rich source of data useful to effectively explore people’s experiences.[11] Thus, primary data were collected from trafficking women returnees using both unstructured and semi-structured interviews in combination. Hence, respondents were asked an amalgamation of both open-ended and closed-ended questions by the researcher. The close-ended questions have aimed on looking for very short and clear answers, and the open-ended questions were designed to allow the interviewees to converse and reply to the questions raised by the researcher freely on their own ways. Furthermore, all of the interviews and the focus group discussion were conducted in Amharic language and later translated into English language for analysis.

All through the interviews, previous to entering into conducting the interviews, the researcher has notified the respondents regarding the purpose of the study and the value of their participation in giving the interviews in brief manner. Additionally, Respondents were informed that their identities and the information they would be providing during the interviews will be kept confidential. Next to getting the affirmation of their consent to give the interviews, once again they were asked whether recording their voices is possible or not, and then with their full permission the interviews had been recorded on tape. For those who were unwilling or feeling discomfort to be recorded on tape, the researcher turns to the second option of taking brief notes of their words in textbook. Finally the recorded interviews were transcribed into written format to make them ready to analysis. Key Informant Interview

Key informant interview (KII) is valuable data collection instrument to quickly gain some insight on highly intricate and sensitive subject matters from particularly well-informed respondents in the area.[12] Hence, semi-structured key informant interviews were conducted with selected government officials in order to supplement and triangulate the primary data gathered from the trafficking women respondents with expert analysis of these professionals. Accordingly, Metema woreda Police, Prosecution and Immigration Officials, and Court judges as well as Northern Gondar Higher Court Judges and Justice Bureau Officials were selectively interviewed to get their professional insights in the situations of trafficking women victims in the area. Focus Group Discussion

Besides the interviews, one focus group discussion (FGD) has been arranged with a group of agents from each concerned institutions for further clarity particularly regarding the strengths and weaknesses of the preventive or counter trafficking measures taken to combat trafficking in women and to triangulate the data. The selection of the members was based on the position (in the sections/departments relevant to the problem studied) they have in the selected institutions, their work experience and knowledge they have in the area of trafficking in persons in general and trafficking in women in particular, as well as the availability and willingness of the individual to participate in the discussion.[13] Document Analysis

Documents and literatures that have a direct relevance with the trafficking in persons and particularly trafficking in women were examined to back the information collected from the primary data sources through interviews and FGD. Accordingly, a number of literatures and legal documents are used in the study to demonstrate the conceptual discussions on trafficking in persons and women, the global, regional and national patterns of trafficking in women as well as the role of international, regional and national human rights law in combating and prosecuting trafficking in women offences.

1.8.5. Ethical Considerations

The necessary ethical cares were circumspectly taken by the researcher throughout the interaction between the researcher and the people directly and indirectly participate/affected in/by the study. This is because the well-being of research participants is the researcher’s crown priority on top of the research questions. Thus, respondents were treated in full respect and the identity of the participants will kept confidential for the sake of their security and safety. Additionally, they have informed that an effort will be made by the researcher to avoid the potential risks may appear following their contact with the researcher and that they have a right to not give any information to the researcher and have the right to withdraw from the interview at any time they feel discomfort.

1.8.6. Data Processing and Analysis

The qualitative data collected from primary and secondary sources were processed and analyzed by using recursive abstraction interpretative technique where data sets are summarized, and those summaries are then further and further summarized and at the end come to a compact summary and conclusion of the all gathered data. In favor of supplementing the expression, very simple and unsophisticated tabulations, graphic expressions and percentages were used. Besides, data are interpreted in the light of critical research approach with the purpose of exploring the experiences of the trafficking women victims or the things really happened to them. Hence, the research is not implicated in assessing the attitudes and perception of the victims and the way they give meanings to the situation they were dealing with.


In this chapter the available literatures and legislative frameworks relevant to trafficking in women are reviewed with the aim of providing the conceptual discourses, realities and legal grounds with reference to trafficking in women. For that reason the chapter is divided into three parts. Part one presents a conceptual discussion on trafficking in persons; including the contested definitions of trafficking, smuggling and irregular migration, in addition to the main components and root causes of trafficking. Part two provides the global, regional and national trafficking patterns. Finally, in the third part the relevant international, regional and national human rights instruments and legislative frameworks are provided.


2.1. Contested Definitions of Trafficking

Trafficking in persons or human trafficking is an imprecise and highly contested term.[14] There are numerous, sometimes opposing, and shifting understandings of trafficking.[15] Thus, defining trafficking in persons and things constitute trafficking is not an easy task, considering its uncertain scope and the overlap and similarity it has with related concepts like irregular migration and human smuggling. Hence it is a source of difficulty and controversy to have clear and universally agreeable definitions.[16] Nonetheless, in order to avoid ambiguities and vagueness in reading the concepts incorporated in the research, comparatively acceptable definitions of some key terms used throughout the paper are provided here below:

2.1.1. Overview of the Concept of Trafficking in Persons

A comprehensive definition of trafficking in persons is provided under the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, Supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (Palermo Protocol). The Palermo Protocol in its Article 3 defines trafficking in persons as follows:

(a) “trafficking in persons” shall mean the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other means of the abuse of power of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery, servitude or the removal of organs;[17]

(b) The consent of a victim of trafficking in persons to the intended exploitation set forth in subparagraph (a) of this article shall be irrelevant where any of the means set forth in subparagraph (a) have been used;[18]

The Palermo Protocol definition focuses on clearly identifiable elements of the crime, in order to differentiate cases of trafficking from other acts, such as smuggling and irregular migration. The definition refers to three distinct elements. These are the act, means and purpose of trafficking in persons. According to the definition, trafficking in persons involve acts include recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring and receipting trafficking victims. In doing so, traffickers may use means of threat or use of force, coercion, abduction, deception, fraud, abuse of power or vulnerability and giving payments or benefits to win the consent of the potential trafficking victims. The core purpose of trafficking in persons is exploitation. Moreover, exploitation includes prostitution of others, sexual exploitation, forced labor, slavery or similar practices and removal of organs.

Therefore, the attendance of all of the three components is indispensable to constitute a given action or process trafficking in persons. The only exception is for child victims of trafficking for whom it is not required to show illegal means. Hence, trafficking in persons contains three central components namely recruitment, transportation and exploitation. Recruitment

The potential trafficking victims are initially recruited by other people, in one way or another stay in the system, at the time they enter the course of trafficking. Recruiters (individuals involved in the conscription process) have commonly use different mechanisms to trick people and get their consent of joining the trafficking route; including readymade false promises of an opportunity, success stories of formerly trafficked people and misinformation or lies.[19] The recruitment may be made by families, relatives, friends, neighbors, brokers, or recruitment agencies. However, people may also themselves initiate or pushed by their own personal reasons, survival needs or desperation.[20] Transportation

Once the victims are recruited, the next step is transporting them from one town, area, or country to another until they reach to the intended destination places. The transportation process may engage individuals or group of individuals to provide the needed services to the trafficking victims. This includes starting from facilitating and arranging the movement to providing fake travel documents, food and shelter, needed in the way to enter and cross the border of the destination country. Occasionally, corrupted border guards, immigration or law enforcement personnel and officials may also be involved in the trafficking process work in partnership and sharing benefits with the traffickers or brokers.[21] Exploitation

In most trafficking cases exploitation is the end component and chief purpose of recruiting and transporting victims. This is the very reason why all people are recruited from all corners of the sourcing countries, and it is principally to exploit them in the all available mechanisms. Traffickers may make an immense amount of profits out of the trafficking victims through engaging them into prostitution, domestic servitude, forced labor, and in some instances selling for body organs removal.[22]

After arrival, trafficking victims are treated just as a property. In relation with that, most employers feel they have possession over the trafficked workers in the grounds of paying for the recruitment and any other related fees, just like they own any other property they have paid for. This denies the intrinsic humanity value of the trafficking victims. They routinely are treated as a means to get some takings, not as an end by themselves as human creature. This reduces them to the status of being a slave, which absolutely is grave human right violation. Moreover, the lack of social and legal protection in the destination countries makes trafficking victims an easy target and gives traffickers and employers supremacy over the victims.[23]

Therefore, it is excellent to carefully look in to these three inter-reliant components in order to entirely understand trafficking activities. These three components are representing the activity, means and purpose of trafficking events. Thus, the attendance of these three components in a cumulated and associated manner is a determinant indicator to decide whether a given action/process is trafficking or not.[24]


[1] U.S. (2012). Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. Washington DC, USA: United States Department of State. Retrieved September 22, 2012, from refworld/docid/ 4e12ee7e37.html

[2] IOM. (2012). International Organization for Migration. Retrieved August 12, 2012, from Activities: Africa and the Middle East: East Africa: Ethiopia. Retrieved August 12, 2012, from Jahia/ethiopia

[3] Galiana, C. (2000). Trafficking in Women: European parliament Working Paper. Civil Liberities Series, 3.

[4] Anteneh, A. (2011). Trafficking in Persons Overseas for Labour Purposes: The Case of Ethiopian domestic Workers. Country Office Addis Ababa: Internatinal Labour Office (ILO), p. ix. Retrieved September 20, 2012, from

[5] MoFA. (2010). The Situation, Causes of and Recommendations to Eliminate Human trafficking and Smuggling in Ethiopia. In Anteneh, A… supra, footnote 4, p. 48.

[6] Anteneh, A … supra, footnote 4, p. 48 ; cf. also footnote 5.

[7] Ibidem.

[8] Ibidem, p. 49.

[9] For case in point, after the conclusion of the earliest interview with Case 1, the researcher would ask the informant if she knows another women victim who has pass through the same problem and share similar experiences. If the informant’s response is affirmative, then she would be asked to direct to another informants.

[10] Greeff, M. (2005). Information Collection. In A. S. Vos, H. Strydom, C. B. Fouche, & C. S. Delport, Research at grass Root Level: For the Social Sciences and Human Service Profession(pp. 286-313). Pretoria, South Africa: Van Schaik, pp. 286-313.

[11] Fouche, B., & Delport, L. (2011). Introduction to the Research Process. In A. D. Vos, Research at Grass Root Level: For the Social Science and Human Service Profession(pp. 61-78). Pritoria, South Africa: Van Schaik.

[12] Salafsky, N., Richard, A., & Margoluis. (1998). Measures of Success: Designing, Managing, and Monitoring Conservation and Development Projects. Washington DC, USA: Island Press, pp. 134-135.

[13] Table 5 provides detail information regarding the background characteristics of the FGD participants of the study.

[14] Salt, J., & Hogarth, J. (2000). Migrant Trafficking and Human Smuggling in Europe: A review of the evidence. In F. Laczko, & D. T. (Eds.), Migrant Trafficking and Human Smuggling in Europe: A Review of the Evidence With Case Studies from Hungary, Poland and Ukraine. Geneva, Switzerland: International Organization for Migration (IOM). As an illustration, they have identified over 20 definitions of the concept of trafficking in their review of the literature.

[15] Lee, M. (2007). Human Trafficking. Cullompton, UK: Willan Publications, p. 16.

[16] The Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, made the following statements in regard to the definition of trafficking in her Report to the 56th Session of the Commission on Human Rights: “At present there is no internationally agreed definition of trafficking. The term "trafficking" is used by different actors to describe activities that range from voluntary, facilitated migration, to the exploitation of prostitution, to the movement of persons through the threat or use of force, coercion, violence, etc. for certain exploitative purposes. Increasingly, it has been recognized that historical characterizations of trafficking are outdated, ill-defined and non-responsive to the current realities of the movement of and trade in people and to the nature and extent of the abuses inherent in and incidental to trafficking. Rather than clinging to outdated notions of the constituent elements of trafficking, which date back to the early nineteenth century, new understandings of trafficking derive from an assessment of the current needs of trafficked persons in general, and trafficked women in particular. New definitions also must be specifically tailored to protect and promote the rights of trafficked persons, with specific emphasis on gender-specific violations and protections.” Economic and Social Council, Integration of the Human Rights of Women and the Gender Perspective: Report of the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, its causes and consequences, Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy, on trafficking in women, women's migration and violence against women, submitted in accordance with Commission on Human Rights Resolution 1997/44, 29 February, (2000), E/CN.4/2000/68 (1997), paragraph 51. Retrieved September 11, 2012, from e29d45a105cd8143802568be 0051fcfb?Opendocument

[17] Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, Supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, General Assembly Resolution 55/25, of 15 November, (2000), Article 3. Retrieved September 12, 2012, from dcatoc/final_docum/htm

[18] Ibidem.

[19] Anteneh, A … supra, footnote 4, p. 10; cf. also footnote 5, 6, 7 and 8.

[20] Ibidem.

[21] Ibidem.

[22] Ibidem, p. 11.

[23] Ibidem, p. 10.

[24] Messele, R. (2006). Counter-trafficking Training Modules. Geneva, Switzerland: International Organization for Migration (IOM), p. 8.


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Titel: The situations of trafficking women from Ethiopia to Sudan