Escaping Eritrea: The Vulnerability of Eritreans to Human Trafficking.

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In Sinai trafficking Eritreans made up the majority of victims. But what makes them so vulnerable to human trafficking for ransom? The interviews for this chapter found a number of reasons, including the fact that Eritrea is a ‘black hole’ in the digital landscape – which means that Eritreans are uninformed and dependent on smugglers and traffickers for information. In addition, the indefinite national service and human rights situation in the country drive many to flee, forcing them into the arms of traffickers. This situation has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Tigray.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnslaved
Subtitle of host publicationTrapped and Trafficked in Digital Black Holes: Human Trafficking Trajectories to Libya.
EditorsMirjam Van Reisen, Munyaradzi Mawere, Klara Smits, Morgane Wirtz
Place of PublicationBamenda
PublisherLangaa RPCIG
Number of pages41
ISBN (Print)9789956553129
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023


  • Eritrea
  • Refugees
  • Trajectories
  • Human rights abuses
  • Ransom
  • Migration


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