Migrants stopped by Italian authorities

Migrants stopped by Italian authorities

POSTED: Monday, November 5, 2012 - 10:00am

UPDATED: Monday, November 5, 2012 - 10:04am

A fishing boat said to be carrying 171 illegal migrants was stopped by Italian authorities off the country's southern coast  sunday night. After the Greek flagged boat was bought to land all those on board were taken to a migrant center.

The crew was arrested and charged with human trafficking crimes. According to Amnesty International, at least 1500 people drowned in the Mediterranean Sea trying to reach Europe in 2011 alone. Other groups say the death toll is much higher.

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