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UN says people smuggling worth $7bn a year

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THE global people smuggling industry is worth between $5.5 and $7 billion according to new analysis from the United Nations.

A report released this week by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) found that people smugglers made billions of dollars from some 2.5 million migrants in 2016 – an amount, it noted, equal to US and EU humanitarian aid that year.

The figures are the latest available covering 30 major migrant routes in Africa, Europe, North America and Asia........

© Asian Correspondent