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Rights Group Urges Yemen, Saudi Action on Migrants

Human Rights Watch has released a new report urging Yemeni and Saudi border officials to do more to prosecute human traffickers who often abuse people fleeing desperate conditions in Africa.

Tens of thousands of African migrants make the perilous boat journey across the Gulf of Aden to Yemen from where they cross illegally into Saudi Arabia with the help of smugglers. The men, women and children are in search of work and better living conditions.

Human Rights Watch says there is “a multi-million dollar trafficking and extortion racket” in Yemen that takes migrants to isolated camps where they are abused until they pay more money.

The rights group said in its 82-page report released Sunday that some security forces in Yemen are also involved in trafficking.