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Key human trafficker suspect held

Libya has extradited to Italy a woman accused of trafficking boatloads of illegal immigrants from North Africa, the Italian authorities say. The Eritrean woman – known as “Madame Gennet” – was flown to Rome on Saturday and taken into police custody. Italian police say the 24-year old helped 500 people to get to Sicily and nearby islands. Record numbers of immigrants arrived in Italy’s southerly Lampedusa islands last year, Italian officials say. The suspect – whose real name is Ganat Tewelde Barhe – is alleged to have charged immigrants up to $800 each for passage to Lampedusa which lies closer to North Africa than to mainland Italy. Most of the migrants came from Eritrea and Somalia. Full Story

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