Egyptian Anti-Human Trafficking Task Forces stormed a building in the city of Rafah, northern Sinai, and freed three Ethiopian children and their parents who were being held captive inside a small store with their wrists and legs shackled together with iron chains.
Their Ethiopian kidnappers fled and are still at large.
A spokesperson for the task force said the store is owned by three Ethiopian nationals running a kidnapping ring targeting African migrants crossing the Sinai desert on their way to Israel.
Inside the torture chamber disguised as a legitimate store, the task force discovered that the kidnappers were holding their Ethiopian captives in inhumane slave-like conditions while ransom payments are extorted from their relatives abroad.
The task force’s crack down on kidnappers and human smugglers is the third of its kind this month. In previous three successful operations they were able to free five Eritreans and detained three kidnappers in two different locations.