Traffickers Abandon Freight of Migrants Heading Towards Italy

“Traffickers Set Freight on a Course for Italy and Flee, Leaving Migrants Aboard,” by Elisabetta Povoledo for the New York Times:

For the second time in three days, the Italian authorities found themselves racing on Friday to rescue hundreds of migrants from an aging freighter that traffickers had pointed toward Italy and then abandoned, leaving the ship to plow through wintry seas at top speed with no one at the helm, heading straight for the coastline.

Rescuers were able to board the ship only after it ran out of fuel and stopped, and by afternoon it had been towed to a dock. But the episode was further confirmation that traffickers had hit on a new tactic to extract ever greater profits from human misery while eluding apprehension…

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