People smuggling in Libya
Smugglers operate in the open.
In lawless Libya, human smuggling right out in the open
‘I never had to hide it from anybody,’ says 27-year-old smuggler, in the business for 9 years
By Marine Olivesi
Human smuggling is a big business these days along Libya’s nearly lawless coast.
Migrants can spend hundreds of dollars and more to make the costly voyage across the Mediterranean for a toehold in Europe. And this year, more than 1,800 have died, almost five times more than in the same period a year earlier.
Along the way, there are plenty of people who profit, such as 27-year-old Zubeir of Zuwara, a port city about 100 kilometres west of Tripoli.
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