Most African migrants suffer abuse, torture and rape as they cross lawless Libya, Oxfam said on Wednesday as it urged Europe to offer safer routes. Source: Reuters
Libya’s coastguard in two separate operations on Monday rescued at least 278 migrants as they tried to reach Europe, naval officials said.
On the route that leaves from Northern Morocco to Spain the number of arrivals have more than doubled since the beginning of the year.
Libya, the biggest jumping-off point for migrants trying to reach Europe, is now home to a thriving trade in humans.
In early June, a Somali journalist was able to record a video call with Somali and Ethiopian migrants held by smugglers in Libya.
People smuggling in Africa is a major criminal operation that collects billions of euros every year from desperate people.