Smugglers use social media to lure migrants in the Mediterranean

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VALLETTA, Malta — Human traffickers throughout North Africa and the Middle East are using Facebook, Viber and other social media tools to recruit clients from across the region.

As European officials wrestle a major migrant crisis in southern Europe — nearly 2,000 people have died in Mediterranean shipwrecks since the start of 2015 — the smugglers are turning the flood of refugees fleeing war-torn regions into a booming multi-million dollar business online.

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Migrants wait to disembark from the Italian Coast Guard ship Fiorillo, at the Catania harbor, Sicily, southern Italy, on April 24, 2015.

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