Smugglers hire Ukrainian sailors

Charging four times the price of normal smugglers.

Smuggling gangs hire Ukrainian sailors for ‘luxury’ migrant crossings.

By Umberto Bacchi

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Human smuggling gangs are increasingly hiring Ukrainian sailors to captain yachts and other boats for migrants willing to pay up to $8,000 for safe passage to Europe, Italian police said on Wednesday, after the arrest of two suspected traffickers.

On Tuesday, Italian police arrested two Ukrainians accused of trying to smuggle 50 Pakistani men to Italy on a 12-meter sail boat, the latest incident involving professional Ukrainian sailors and a luxury vessel, a senior police official said.

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