Italian police detains 38 suspected Eritrean and Ethiopian migrant smugglers who are thought to belong to an international trafficking network involved in organ trafficking. According to , money made from trafficking migrants is thought to have been reinvested in illegal trade importing drugs from Ethiopia. La Repubblica
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Italian authorities detained 38 people in a crackdown on a migrant trafficking ring that used a Rome cosmetics shop as a base for illegal financial transactions, officials said Monday.
Police seized 526,000 euros (nearly $600,000) and $25,000 in cash that was found in the store. More useful to investigations was the discovery in the shop of what was described as a “master book, filled with names and phone numbers of foreigners.”
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Six Eritreans linked to the tragic Lampedusa shipwreck two years ago that killed more than 360 migrants mostly from Eritrea, have been convicted to prison sentences ranging from 2 – 6 years. (Photo: an Eritrean survivor)
Six men linked to the tragic migrant sea crossing that ended at Lampedusa island more than two years ago with 366 dead were on Monday convicted in Italy‘s first-ever ruling against members of a human smuggling cartel.
The shipwreck on October 3, 2013, was at the time the deadliest in recent Mediterranean history. It was met with shock throughout Europe and led Italy to launch a naval rescue mission to prevent migrant deaths at sea.
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