February 21st, 2013
10:29 AM ET

Germans take up Sinai trafficking

Germany's parliament has taken on debating human trafficking in Sinai in part due to CNN reporting from the region.

German MP Annette Groth says it is time for Berlin to use its economic power to pressure Egyptian authorities.

Human rights groups estimate that thousands of African migrants have perished trying to make it to Israel via the Sinai.

In two documentaries over two years CNN's Fred Pleitgen visited the Sinai to expose the traffickers and grim evidence of organ harvesting.

'Death in The Desert' - which was first published online in November 2011 and broadcast on CNN International on November 5, showed evidence that African refugees, mostly from Sudan and Eritrea, were being held captive by Bedouin human traffickers in Sinai, who try to extort massive sums of money from the refugees’ families for their release.

Shortly after the documentary aired, hundreds of African refugees were released from captivity in the Sinai Peninsula and allowed to cross from Egypt into Israel.

In 2012 'Stand in the Sinai' showed how different groups - including Bedouins, aid workers and former refugees - were fighting the traffickers.


soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. mia360

    brutal just so brutal bless those peoples hearts!

    February 28, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Reply
  2. Bruce Saltzman

    I find this story impossible to believe; because. Israrl's border with Sinai is fortified and patroled over its entire length. It would be almost impossible to get across. There is barbed ribbon (wire), motion sensors, lookouts with night vision equipment and binoculars, a plowed strip that leaves footprints, foot vehicle and helicopter patrols. The guards will shoot and call in artillery.
    The entire artical sounds faked.

    March 26, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Reply
    • chanah

      fake really maybe you should tell this to those ppl who have been through this ordeal

      May 10, 2014 at 2:03 am | Reply
  3. Crosswinds

    The goodness of man towards his fellow man, is underwhelming..........

    .......All Have Sinned

    9 What then? Are we better than they? Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin.

    10 As it is written:

    “There is none righteous, no, not one;
    11 There is none who understands;
    There is none who seeks after God.
    12 They have all turned aside;
    They have together become unprofitable;
    There is none who does good, no, not one.”
    13 “Their throat is an open tomb;
    With their tongues they have practiced deceit”;
    “The poison of asps is under their lips”;
    14 “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.”
    15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
    16 Destruction and misery are in their ways;
    17 And the way of peace they have not known.”
    18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

    19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. 20 Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

    God’s Righteousness Through Faith

    21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all[h] who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, 26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

    October 19, 2013 at 10:42 am | Reply

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