To Stem Irregular Migration, Somaliland Stiffens Penalties for Smuggling and Trafficking

“Somaliland to stiffen smuggling and trafficking penalties” from the Guardian:

The government of the self-declared republic of Somaliland will stiffen penalties for people smuggling and human trafficking to stem irregular migration, particularly by the region’s youths.

The interior ministry’s administrative director, Mohamed Osman Dube, told IRIN: “There is an article in Somaliland’s penal code dealing with this issue, but we think it is not deterrent enough. For this reason, the government plans to pass new laws to prevent human smuggling.”

Article 457 of the penal code identifies the selling and purchasing of humans as slaves as offences punishable by prison terms of three to 12 years. Article 466 further provides for a three-year prison term for those found guilty of engaging in physical abuse, according to Mustafe Mahdi, a Somaliland lawyer…

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