25 children received from Saudi [Archives:2004/721/Front Page]

March 18 2004

Hassan Al-Zaidi
A security source said last Sunday that the Ministry of the Interior received from the Saudi Security Authorities 25 children. They were detained in Saudi Arabia at child care centers for illegally infiltrating Saudi territory via the child trafficking trade, which is active in Hajjah and Al-Mahweet Governorates.
These children, under the age of sixteen, are exploited as beggars and other unsuitable forms of work, resulting in them encountering physical and psychological harm. The source said that the families of some of the children are still not known.
The Authority seeks to confront the phenomenon of smuggling poor Yemeni children and women, especially to Saudi. This phenomenon intensifies during the pilgrimage season. Poverty is one of the elements leading to children seeking work.