Criminal groups trick migrants into various revenue generating black market activities in Eritrea, according to news reports.
Migrants in the country first pay human smugglers $2, 500 to be smuggled into Israel or Western countries. Once at the first stop in Sudan, the migrants become victims of kidnapping and ransom as they are told to pay thousands of dollars in ransom to be released. If the migrants are unable to pay the ransom, they become victims of organ trafficking as their kidneys are taken and sold on the black market.
Source: Ricci Shryock, “Eritreans Call for End to Human Trafficking of Migrants,” Voice of America, December 12, 2011.