UNODC reports on human trafficking, smuggling of migrants
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has released its study on global human trafficking and smuggling of migrants on Saturday, saying that crime organizations have earned up to 7 billion USD from human trafficking.
On Saturday, Italy's interior minister Matteo Salvini said non-government organizations operating migrant rescue ships in the Mediterranean Sea could not dock in Italian ports. Salvini said that two other foreign NGO ships, the Lifeline and the Seefuchs, were off the coast of Libya waiting to pick up migrants abandoned by human traffickers. Italy says humanitarian NGOs are being exploited by human traffickers, a charge the NGOs deny.
Spain's maritime rescue service saved more than 930 people from dozens of migrant boats attempting the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea on Friday and Saturday.