Three suspected people traffickers held in Sicily

Ragusa (Italy), Oct 7 (IANS/AKI) Police said on Friday they arrested three people trafficking suspects who arrived at the Sicilian port of Pozzallo with 428 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean.

The suspects are two 18-year-old Gambians and a 23-year-old from Guinea, police said.

The arrests brought to 160 the number of alleged people traffickers arrested this year, including 25 minors, police said.

The 428 migrants who arrived with the three suspects in Pozzallo were rescued in several operations on Thursday, police said.

Pozzallo, where many migrants arrive from Libya, has been designated a European Union ‘hotspot’ intended to accelerate the identification and relocation of asylum-seekers across Europe.

A total of 15,247 migrants have reached Pozzallo this year.

–IANS/AKI

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