Traffickers grossed over $1.0 mn on single 'ghost ship': IOM

Immigrants wait early on Decembre 31, 2014 aboard the Moldovan-flagged ship Blue SKy M in the port of Gallipoli, ItalyPeople smugglers likely raked in more than $1.0 million from the hundreds of desperate migrants crammed into just one of the “ghost ships” abandoned off the coast of Italy this week, the International Organization for Migration said Friday. “Our reports are of payments of $1,000 to 2,000 per person leaving Syria and attempting to sail from Turkey,” IOM spokesman Joel Millman told AFP. Italian sailors on Friday managed to take control of a crewless merchant ship drifting in rough seas with 450 migrants on board. More than 170,000 people have been rescued by Italy in the last 14 months and hundreds, possibly thousands, have perished trying to make the crossing.

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