Posts Tagged “slavery”

New Year brings familiar stories of migrant deaths and slavery

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New Year brings familiar stories of migrant deaths and slavery

Less the two weeks into 2018 and the statistics on the IOM Migration Flows website paint a tragic picture. By 8 January, 81 people were dead or missing having tried to cross the Mediterranean to Europe. Many news websites highlighted the first boat found to be sinking on the Mediterranean route this year. On average,…

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Serial trafficking, kidnapping & abuse is the norm en route to the Libyan coast

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Serial trafficking, kidnapping & abuse is the norm en route to the Libyan coast

The torrential rain flooding the pavement outside was nothing compared with the dark cloud that gathered over the group as we listened to Esther (not her real name) recount her journey from Nigeria, through Niger, into Libya, to reach Italy. I was prepared to hear about a hazardous sea crossing. That’s that part of the…

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