hamburg - Human smugglers must be tackled 'ruthlessly'. 'We need to do more at international level to break those smugglers' business model,' said EU president Donald Tusk on Friday before the G20 summit in Hamburg.
Tusk called on the leaders of the twenty leading economies in the world to draft an international sanctions list, for example from the United Nations, for individual smugglers. Their funds would then be frozen and a travel ban could be set against them.
'The smuggling of migrants is organized trade. Last year, Libya went into 1.6 billion dollars, 'said Tusk. 'The profit is used to control certain parts of Libya. The smugglers also work with terrorists and undermine the stabilization of Libya. And above all, innocent lives are lost. '