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Libyan Newswire

Written question – Smuggling of migrants from Libya to Europe – E-008448/2016

An investigation by Der Spiegel reports that in Libya, there lives, completely unchallenged, a businessman who, according to investigating officers in Tripoli, is the real king of human trafficking. One of his former accomplices, who is now cooperating with the authorities, claims that this businessman arranged for 45 000 people to come illegally to Europe in 2015 and that he has connections with the Italian mafia. All this without any action being taken by the Libyan or European authorities.

Furthermore, the report warns that, according to the UN Special Envoy, there are 235 000 people waiting on the Libyan coast to leave for Italy.

— Is the Commission aware of the existence of this Libyan businessman and his human trafficking operations? What action will it take? — Furthermore, has it been informed of the figures quoted by the UN Special Envoy? What measures will it take as a matter of urgency to stop this exodus?