A Brief Note On Migrant Trafficking And Human Trafficking On The African Continent

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An Analysis of Migrant Smuggling and Human Trafficking on the African Continent

On October 3rd, 2013, a 20-meter fishing skiff sank off the coast of southern Mediterranean island of Lampedusa, killing over 360 people. At the time of its sinking, the vessel was overloaded with an astonishing 500 illegal migrants from the coast of northern Libya, all seeking refuge and the promise of a better life in Europe. Global public reaction to the tragedy was immense and brought new light to the problem of migrant smuggling and human trafficking on, and from the African continent. What many in the global audience to this tragedy did not realize is that Africa has a long, historical legacy in the brokerage and profiteering of human misery. Subsequent media attention has focused on the inhumane treatment and outright torture of the victims. While there are different levels of victimization and exploitation of the victims, migrant smuggling and human trafficking is perpetrated by organized criminal groups who seek to profit from the illegal movement of people. The profit in the movement of people by these criminal groups is estimated to be between $300 and $500 million USD per annum . Due to the clandestine nature of the activity as well as inconsistent reporting by African governments, the actual number of individuals victimized by this activity in unknown, and the flow can only be estimated. Because the activity is surreptitious, migrant smuggling and human trafficking allows for…

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