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Captain used gun, stick to keep African migrants in line, authorities say
Captain used gun, stick to keep African migrants in line, authorities say

Passengers forced into death traps below the deck. A gun- and stick-wielding ship captain. Cocky entrepreneurs boasting about buying and selling migrants and running smuggling routes from Somalia to Sweden. New details about the lucrative and cold-blooded Mediterranean migrant trade have emerged in the aftermath of last week's sinking of a boat that authorities say left more than 700 passengers drowned — the highest death toll to date. European leaders, who last year scaled back search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean, vowed to bolster life-saving missions after the tragedy and the overall fast-rising numbers of fatalities, said to have exceeded 1,700 already this...

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