Internet at Heart of New Tactics for Med People Smugglers

January 12, 2015 8:28 AM

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Migrants dreaming of Europe have their pick of social media sites that work like an online travel agent, advertising fares and offering tips on secure payments. Meanwhile, the traffickers who send them floating across the Mediterranean are buying scrapyard cargo ships over the Internet.

That's the picture of an increasingly sophisticated business in migrant smuggling painted by European officials and an EU document seen by The Associated Press.

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