Nairobi — Trafficking gangs are flourishing across Africa through the exploitation of hundreds of thousands of migrants, yet nations are failing to dismantle networks due to a lack of co-ordination, the UN said on Monday. More than 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders annually — often duped with promises of a better life overseas, then sold into forced labour, domestic servitude or sexual slavery, according the UN. Many victims are migrants from African countries, such as Eritrea and Somalia, yet countries are failing to curb the crime as they lack mechanisms to share cross-border intelligence and co-ordinate efforts to bust trafficking rings. "International co-operation has to get stronger and stronger," said Amado Philip de Andrés, head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Eastern Africa. "I am referring specifically to international police and judicial co-operation to dismantle criminal networks involved in human trafficking. Effective anti-human t...

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