Nairobi - The Ethiopian government has banned its citizens
from travelling overseas for employment.
According to the state owned Ethiopian Radio and Television
Agency, the order took effect from Thursday and the government is also clamping
down on foreign employment agencies
The Ministry of Foreign Affair says countless Ethiopians
have lost their lives and undergone untold physical and psychological traumas
due to illegal human trafficking. The latest move came after hundreds of
African migrants lost their lives off the Italian island of Lampedusa at the
beginning of the month.
According to the Association of Ethiopian Overseas
Recruitment Agencies, more than half a million Ethiopians have flown out of the
country illegally the last five years and most of the migrants are underage
females who are smuggled to the Middle East.