Says migrants who could not pay for the next part of their journey across the Mediterranean were sold to organ traffickers for $14,940
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Ex-smuggler, Nouredin Wehabrebi Atta , guarded by Palermo Police. He helped unlock the case against the network of human smugglers
Egyptian organ traffickers bought ‘hundreds’ of men, women and children from people smugglers so they could kill them to be used in illegal transplants, according to ex-smuggler, Nouredin Wehabrebi Atta , an Eritrean peolple smuggler. Atta tesifying during a trial in Italy told prosecutors in Palermo, sicily the horrible fate that befell some of the trapped migrants from the African continent.
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The testimony of the Eritrean human smuggler detained by the Italian Task Force since 2014, helped break open a transnational network dedicated to the illegal trafficking of migrants from Africa into Europe.
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Italian authorities have arrested 38 people in connection with the case, 25 Eritreans, 12 Ethiopians and one Italian. While announcing what he described as having dealt “a harsh blow” to the criminal network, Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said the authorities gone a long way to unravel the activities of the network which which used Rome for its financial transactions hub.
According to the Palermo police, Atta collaborated with authorities, providing for the first time “a complete reconstruction of criminal activities” of migrant trafficking involving operations at both ends, in North Africa and Italy.
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Atta who is the first foreigner to be granted witness protection in Italy, said he was motivated to confess the activities of the network due to his revulsion at the shocking number of deaths among migrants attempting to cross the sea , particularly the death of 360 people who died when a boat sank in Lampedusa. While noting that he was not involved in that incident, he stressed that the known number of incidents involving migrant deaths is only a tip of the iceberg:
“The deaths that we were aware of were a small part of it,” Mr Atta told police, “In Eritrea alone there have been victims in eight out of 10 families.”
He then threw the bombshell that migrants who can not afford to pay the smugglers are then sold to organ traffickers.
Atta, was setenced to five years in prison for his involvement in the human trafficking trade.