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Meet the Journalist: Michael Scott Moore

Known pirates have smuggled people across the Gulf of Aden, from Somalia to Yemen, in fishing skiffs, before the Yemeni civil war made that route unappealing. Now Somali gangs reach overland from northern Somalia right across Ethiopia, and into Sudan, to move Somalis toward the Libyan coast. Some migrants are even held hostage along the way. As a former hostage, journalist Michael Scott Moore discovered that the business of piracy and the business of people-trafficking were not so far apart and that conflicted European policy toward the smuggling networks has tended to help the smugglers.