Hot spots for slavery have become a hot spot for trafficking in Egypt, as police have become increasingly involved in tackling the phenomenon.
“There are more cases of trafficking and human trafficking of migrants, and migrants of migrant families,” said Hossam Hamra, an Egyptian police official in the country’s northern Sinai province.
“It is a problem that we have to tackle.”
The number of migrant workers, and especially those from the Middle East, has increased rapidly in recent years, and is also a hotbed for human traffickers, said Hamra.
The increase in trafficking cases has increased dramatically in recent months, with the number of people arrested increasing by more than 20% in a month, he said.
Egypt’s government says the number is now up to 6,000.
Human trafficking is a crime that has been on the rise in Egypt for decades.
In March, a court in the city of Luxor sentenced two migrant workers to two years in prison for trafficking a 14-year-old girl to work as a sex slave.
The men were sentenced for running a ring that smuggled girls into the city from a camp in the north of Egypt.
Last year, police launched a crackdown on trafficking in the Sinai, arresting a total of 2,000 people.
But many migrants and migrant families in Egypt have had little or no contact with police, and are now forced to work for other people in their home country.
A woman is seen with her newborn baby at a camp for migrants in the coastal town of El-Hijrah in Egypt’s northern desert, on March 17, 2017.
For a year, Egyptians working for foreign companies have been allowed to go to the United Arab Emirates for a short time to work, but have not been allowed back in Egypt.
The government has been increasingly concerned about human trafficking, with authorities reporting that they have found that some migrant workers are being forced to pay smugglers to take them to the UAE.
In January, a man accused of trafficking migrant workers from Bangladesh was charged with kidnapping and raping them, and was sentenced to six years in jail.
In May, a group of about a dozen migrants were arrested after police discovered they were being paid by a Thai company to smuggle migrant workers out of the country.
“We are worried about human traffickers,” said a police officer in the northern province of Luxotra.
“We want to be able to detect them and send them to prison, but they are not in custody.”