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Human Trafficking-Smuggling Nexus in Libya

From The Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime. Probably nowhere more than in Libya have the definitional lines between migrant smuggling and human trafficking become as blurred or contested. Hundreds of thousands of migrants have left Libya’s shores in the hope of a new life in Europe; tens of thousands have died in the process. […]

US, UN Sanction Human Traffickers in Libya

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), concurrently with the United Nations, has sanctioned six individuals for threatening the peace, security, or stability of Libya through their involvement in the smuggling of migrants. Migrant smuggling has become a lucrative business in Libya and fuels instability by providing funding for rogue […]

Better Information Sharing on Crime in the Mediterranean

EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia: operation to contribute to better information sharing on crime in the Mediterranean The European Council today adopted a decision allowing for the creation of a crime information cell within EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia. The information cell will be composed of up to 10 staff members from relevant law enforcement authorities of […]

US Sanctions Libyan Oil Smugglers

By John Lee. The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has sanctioned six individuals, 24 entities, and seven vessels for threatening the peace, security, or stability of Libya through the illicit production, refining, brokering, sale, purchase, or export of Libyan oil or for being owned or controlled by designated persons. […]

Contraband Drugs, Oil and Cigarettes Seized

By John Lee. BBC News reports that police at the Italian port of Gioia Tauro (pictured) have seized a huge shipment of the drug Tramadol — which can suppress fatigue — thought to be destined for so-called Islamic State (IS) in Libya. The haul had an estimated value of 50 million euros. Italian police have also […]

Murder of Maltese Journalist possibly Linked to Libyan Smuggling

By John Lee. A senior Italian prosecutor has said that there are possible links between the murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia (pictured) in Malta last week, and an Italian investigation into an illicit fuel-smuggling network spanning Libya, Malta and Italy. Carmelo Zuccaro, who is leading the fuel-smuggling inquiry, told the Guardian he “could […]

Govt Spent $30bn on Fuel Subsidies

The Libyan Audit Bureau has stated that Libya has spent $30 billion in the last five years on fuel subsidies. The subsidies make Libyan fuel one of the cheapest in the world and helps fuel the illegal export of fuel abroad. The Bureau suggested that the subsidies, which have reduced since 2014 due to austerity […]

Libyan Navy Seizes Oil Tanker

By John Lee. The Libyan navy has reportedly seized an oil tanker on Sunday near the country’s maritime border with Tunisia. The Liberian-flagged tanker was detained along with its 20-member Filipino crew off Abu Kamash, 170 kilometers (110 miles) west of Tripoli, on suspicion of fuel smuggling. According to Libya Herald, the tanker is the Levante, […]