The Times: Merchants of Men by Loretta Napoleoni

31/12/16 – The Times

Many thought last year that the desolate image of a dead Syrian boy, washed ashore in Greece, would open not only the hearts of Europe but its borders too. It didn’t. The pictures of dust-caked and shellshocked toddlers, even the reports of atrocities in Aleppo, seem to have simply raised Europe’s walls higher.

Loretta Napoleoni, a specialist in the subject of terrorist financing, has been looking into the people who have grown rich trying to smuggle people over, under and around these walls, who carry migrants across thousands of miles of desert and arrange the boats that may or may not capsize after they have paid the ferryman. It is a fascinating story that survives

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