ADDIS ABABA – Two men have been sentenced to 16 years in prison on human trafficking charges, a court in West Hararghe Zone announced today.
Obssa Adem and Gadissa Aliyou were arrested in Chiro Town earlier last week while trafficking two teenage girls from Micheta town of West Hararghe zone to Dire Dawa city, reported Ethiopian News Agency.
The victims – described as 16-year old and 17 year old students – were promised to be taken to Saudi Arabia via Eastern Ethiopia border.
According to the court, the defendants admitted convincing the teenagers to drop out of school saying they can resume their education when they return from Saudi Arabia with money.
The two also lied to their victims that they would take them to the gulf nation safely.
In reality, the court said their plan was to hand them over to other smugglers waiting at the border.
The high court in West Hararghe Zone found both Ibsa and Gadissa guilty of trafficking charges.
In a court session on Monday, the presiding judge sentenced each defendants with 16 year jail time.
They were also ordered to pay a fine of 50,000 birr.