At least 66 people are dead after a migrant boat shipwreck off the coast of southern Italy, and the tragedy is getting murkier.
The Associated Press reported that migrants paid up to 8,000 euros ($9,380) each for the “voyage of death” on the boat, which was overcrowded with people fleeing poverty and war in Africa and the Middle East.
BBC reported that Italian police have arrested three people for alleged trafficking in connection with the shipwreck. The suspects were reportedly part of a criminal network that organized the voyage and charged the migrants for the trip.
CBS News reported that whole families were among the victims of the shipwreck. The migrants reportedly paid 8,000 euros each for the voyage, which was doomed from the start.
Anadolu Agency reported that the death toll from the shipwreck has reached 66.
WION reported that smugglers threw children into the sea in an attempt to lighten the boat. This horrific act has made the shipwreck even more tragic.
The tragedy has sparked outrage in Italy and around the world, as people demand justice for the victims and an end to the criminal networks that exploit vulnerable migrants.
This story is developing.