A rescued migrant with a number on his right arm, sits on bus after disembark off the Italian Guardia di Finanza vessel Denaro at the Sicilian harbour of Catania on April 23, 2015.AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI
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Libya's chaos has turned it into a lucrative magnet attracting migrants desperate to make the dangerous sea voyage to Europe.One coast guard officer in Sabratha, a Libyan coastal city that is a main launch point for smugglers' boats headed to Europe, said his small force can do little to stop them.In 2010, some 4,500 migrants made the perilous crossing from North Africa to Italy, the vast majority departing from Libya, according to the EU border agency Frontex.One proposal is to fund camps in countries bordering Libya to house migrants before they reach its coast.Extensive cross-border smuggling networks organize different legs of the journey: First from the migrants' home country to the Libyan border, then from the border to a jumping-off point on the coast, then onto boats for the Mediterranean crossing.For example, smugglers bringing Africans across Libya's southern border pay off the ethnic Tabu militia nominally tasked by the Libyan government to patrol the border, he said.Then it's a 400-kilometer journey along desert roads to the port of Zwara in Libya. Along the way, migrants may have to stay for days in a safehouse waiting for enough other migrants to arrive to make the journey, he said.
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