The International Police operatives have rescued 64 Nigerians and nationals of other African countries who have been victims of human trafficking and people smuggling in Mali.
INTERPOL disclosed the raid was made possible during a coordinated operation in the country.
Reports gathered the victims, mostly women and girls, were rescued from sexual exploitation, forced labour in the mining sector as well as forced begging.
The operatives revealed ‘Operation Horonya’ which means freedom in Bambara language, took place from 3 October to 11 October to support the Malian authorities in identifying and dismantling the criminal groups operating the country and more widely across the region.
The operatives also revealed 70 of the victims identified and rescued came from Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Guinea and Mali, stating 3 boys who were also rescued was allegedly forced to beg for money.
While assuring the public on the safety of the victims, the operatives claimed four suspected traffickers have been detained and awaiting sentence and investigations are ongoing to identify additional suspects.