Police in Mozambique bust trafficking ring

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An attempt to illegally take 15 young women from northern Mozambique to Saudi Arabia has been foiled, police say.

The alleged traffickers were Mozambicans, Saudis and Tanzanians, some of whom had been arrested, police spokeswoman Malva Brito said.

The women, aged between 21 and 28, were allegedly offered job and education opportunities in Saudi Arabia.

Most Mozambican women who are trafficked to other countries, including neighbouring South Africa, are forced to do hard labour, farming and prostitution.

Many African women complain that in Saudi Arabia that they are forced to work in slavery-like conditions, and are abused by their employers.

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