VICE News travels to Sicily, a main stepping stone into Europe, to follow a police operation to arrest suspected smugglers at a boat landing, and meet a former member of a people trafficking network operating between Libya, Egypt, and Italy.
Said, one of only 28 survivors of Sunday's migrant disaster, describes a nine-month ordeal which started in Somalia and ended in the boat tragedy which killed more than 800 people.
An estimated $600 million in ransom has been paid to traffickers, who have abducted nearly 25,000 in Sudan or Eritrea since 2010.
According to trafficking victims and human rights groups, yes.
Australian government officials are apologizing for entering Indonesian waters in their effort to forcibly remove boats carrying asylum seekers. This has raised the tension levels between Australia and Indonesia, a rising economic power in the region...