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Many I spoke with on the Aquarius had horror stories of brutality and forced labor in smuggler captivity. Others had paid smugglers to get them through Libya and on to boats for Europe but were locked up and tortured until they paid more money. Mustafa, a 20-year-old Somali, spent eight months in captivity in Bani Walid and was tortured and isolated: “No visits, no interviews, no mercy. Ever. IL REPORTAGE DI HRW 

Foto Johannes Moths / SOS MEDITERRANEE