Italy to send 470 troops to Niger to tackle traffickers – Military

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Rome – Italy aims to deploy up to 470 troops to Niger to help tackle traffickers, the military General Staff said.

(FILES) This file photo taken on November 03, 2016 shows African women aboard the Topaz Responder ship run by Maltese NGO Moas and the Red Cross after a rescue operation of migrants and refugees on November 3, 2016, off the Libyan coast in the Mediterranean Sea. The arrive in their hundreds every month, their heads full of dreams of new lives in Europe. In reality, many of them are destined for years of sexual slavery. And in Italy’s migrant-saturated southern ports, prising these young Nigerian girls away from their traffickers is a formidable challenge. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO

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