Human Trafficking A Major Problem In The Gambia!!Human Traffickers Exposed

State House, Tanji, Bakau and Brufut Identified As Crossing Point

For Canary Island Would Be Immigrants

Human trafficking is becoming a major problem in The Gambia, the Freedom Newspaper can authoritatively report. Poverty stricken youth are being trafficked to the Canary Island by Saiba Naso a Gambian. These youth are made to pay between 600 and 700 Eros to be trafficked to the Canary Island. They are ferried through wooden boats to the Canary Island. A good number of the Gambian youth and other West African Nationals died on their way to Spain. Mr. Naso is not a small man in The Gambia. He has close rapport with top Gambian security officials, according to our sources. His boats bound for the Canary Island are often intercepted by personnel of The Gambia Navy, but only to be let go by the sea patrolling Marine Guards.

Saiba Naso according to our sources got into the human trafficking business in 2004. He has clients in The Gambia, neighboring Senegal and Mali. Due to the safety associated with his boats, many West African Nationals used Banjul as a save heaven to illegally migrate into the Canary Island. A couple of his boats sang into the sea, leaving many would be immigrants death.

Most of his hired boat Captains belonged to the Serer tribe. The Captains were hand picked by Saiba himself, some of whom were from the Gambia and Senegal. The Captains normally reached an agreement with Saiba to ferry these people to Spain through the Canary Island. The Captains are accorded with the privilege to travel with five of their relatives free of charge since they had taken the risk to ferry these youth to the Canary Island.

There are key locations where the illegal migration took place in The Gambia: One such location is situated behind the sores of the State House in Banjul, where Saiba and his men secretly trafficked these people. Another area of trafficking is the Banjul Sea Port near Waffi Njago. Tanjai, Brufut and Bakau are also destinations where human trafficking is conducted.

Boats belonging to Saiba Naso are often set free when intercepted by The Gambia Navy Sea Patrolling team, said our sources. Naso is reported to have close ties with Navy and other authorities in Banjul. The human trafficking operations is a well coordinated one. Some security officials received bribe from Naso. They are aware of the illegal migration, but cannot stop it due to obligation they owed to Naso.

Saiba Naso owned many estates in The Gambia and including fleets of cars. He uses his vans to traffic youth to the sea site, where they are trafficked to the Canary Island. Some youth hang around the sea site to wait for such operations, where they forcefully boarded Saiba’s boats without paying a dime.

While the United Nations and other Western powers are busy tackling human trafficking, authorities in The Gambia are watching by allowing Gambian youth dying in the sea in the name of searching for greener pasture overseas.

Just recently, a boat carrying Gambian economic immigrants capsized in The Gambia territorial waters. The passengers were heading toward the Canary Island when their boat was set on fire.

There is no official statistics available regarding the number of Gambian youth who have died from boat disasters, but sources said the amount is huge. It’s estimated that between 2000 and 3000 West Africans died from such voyages every year.

Confirmed sources also revealed that immigrants are also trafficked from Bissau sore in Guinea to the Canary Island. Morocco is also seen as a save heaven for illegal immigrants yearning to find their way into the Canary Island.

Saiba Naso is not the only Gambian involved in the human trafficking business. There are other agents in Banjul, whose identities we are still investigating. Thanks to our source, we were able to gather the said information about Saiba Naso. His boats carry between 190 to 200 hundred passengers to the Canary Island.

A boat which left the sores of The Gambia in 2007, later went missing and was traced in Panama Latin America. Some travelers in that boat died, while the lucky ones were received by the Panama Sea Guard Marines, said our source.

When questioned by the Panamanian Marine Guards as to where they were heading to, the boat Captain said they were heading to Spain. But they were informed on arrival in Panama that they missed their way as they were in Panama.

The boat Captain and his passengers were rounded up and placed at a detention camp, pending further investigations on their case. Authorities in Panama later contacted the Spanish Government. Instructions were given for the illegal immigrants to be handed to Spainish Government. One Kalifa Jammeh of Badibu Mandore was among the survivors of that missing boat. Mr. Jammeh is currently settling in Almeria in Spain, according to sources reaching this paper.

Jammeh has since been narrating his ordeal to his host country Spain. He was quoted as saying that they suffered from hunger, related problems. Water shortage also confronted them while they sailed across the Atlantic Ocean. They also experienced fuel problem as well.

The boat Captain got lost as a result of inaccurate information he read from his Compass. The Captains used  Compass to navigate to their scheduled destination, the Canary Island.

They were evacuated by the Spanish Navy and later taken to a refugee Island called Fortuventura . Fortuventura is the main refugee camp in the Canary Island. Illegal Immigrants intercepted by the Spanish Border Patrol Guards are usually taken to the said refugee Camp.

The refugees are hosted at Fortuventra for a period of 40 days before they are allowed into the Spanish Community. During such period, investigations are conducted by the Spanish authorities to ascertain some of their claims of illegally crossing into their border.

Some of these Immigrants left their countries for different reasons. A good number of them were economic immigrants. Unstable political climate also forced others to embark on such risky journeys.

Attempts were made earlier to reach Saiba Naso for comment proved futile. He was indisposed at press time for comment. The Gambian police too could not be reached for their side of the story.

For more on this story, stay tuned. We have interviewed a Gambian illegal immigrant in Spain. The immigrant has chilling memos to share with you regarding human trafficking in The Gambia and Saiba Naso’s alleged involvement.


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