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Human Smuggling in Agadez - 15 May 2014
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The government of Niger has tried to shut down its decades-old desert migrant routes through the town of Agadez and across the Sahara.

The crackdown initially stemmed the flow of migrants. But the people smugglers have opened up new, more dangerous routes, and begun charging people more than ever to make the journey.
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May 15, 2014
Toubou human smuggler Barka al Qatrun looks out for cars driven by his colleagues coming from Libya at...
Agadez, Niger
Toubou human smuggler Barka al Qatrun looks out for cars driven by his colleagues coming from Libya at...
Toubou human smuggler Barka al Qatrun looks out for cars driven by his colleagues coming from Libya at a checkpoint outside Agadez March 14, 2014. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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May 15, 2014
Toubou human smuggler Barka al Qatrun looks out for cars driven by his colleagues coming from Libya at...
Agadez, Niger
Toubou human smuggler Barka al Qatrun looks out for cars driven by his colleagues coming from Libya at...
Toubou human smuggler Barka al Qatrun looks out for cars driven by his colleagues coming from Libya at a checkpoint outside Agadez, March 14, 2014. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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May 15, 2014
Nigeriens, who are travelling north in the direction of Libya, walk to board a truck after passing a...
Agadez, Niger
Nigeriens, who are travelling north in the direction of Libya, walk to board a truck after passing a...
Nigeriens, who are travelling north in the direction of Libya, walk to board a truck after passing a checkpoint in Agadez March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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May 15, 2014
Nigeriens, who are travelling north towards Libya, board a truck in Agadez March 17, 2014. Picture taken...
Agadez, Niger
Nigeriens, who are travelling north towards Libya, board a truck in Agadez
Nigeriens, who are travelling north towards Libya, board a truck in Agadez March 17, 2014. Picture taken March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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May 15, 2014
Nigeriens, who are travelling north in the direction of Libyal ride on top of a truck in Agadez March...
Agadez, Niger
Nigeriens, who are travelling north in the direction of Libyal ride on top of a truck in Agadez
Nigeriens, who are travelling north in the direction of Libyal ride on top of a truck in Agadez March 17, 2014. Picture taken March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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May 15, 2014
Nigeriens, who are travelling north in the direction of Libya, board a truck in Agadez March 17, 2014....
Agadez, Niger
Nigeriens, who are travelling north in the direction of Libya, board a truck in Agadez
Nigeriens, who are travelling north in the direction of Libya, board a truck in Agadez March 17, 2014. Picture taken March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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May 15, 2014
Toubou migrant smuggler Moussa Laki looks out of a window of a house where he is staying at in Agadez...
Agadez, Niger
Toubou migrant smuggler Moussa Laki looks out of a window of a house where he is staying at in Agadez...
Toubou migrant smuggler Moussa Laki looks out of a window of a house where he is staying at in Agadez March 13, 2014. Picture taken March 13, 2014. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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May 15, 2014
Toubou migrant smugglers relax in a living room in Agadez March 13, 2014. Picture taken March 13, 2014....
Agadez, Niger
Toubou migrant smugglers relax in a living room in Agadez
Toubou migrant smugglers relax in a living room in Agadez March 13, 2014. Picture taken March 13, 2014. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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May 15, 2014
Messages written by Gambian migrants, who were deported from Libya, are seen on the wall of a room where...
Agadez, Niger
Messages written by Gambian migrants, who were deported from Libya, are seen on the wall of a room where...
Messages written by Gambian migrants, who were deported from Libya, are seen on the wall of a room where the migrants stayed in at Agadez March 14, 2014. Picture taken March 14, 2014. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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May 15, 2014
A Western Union teller stands behind a counter in Agadez March 15, 2014. Picture taken March 15, 2014....
Agadez, Niger
A Western Union teller stands behind a counter in Agadez
A Western Union teller stands behind a counter in Agadez March 15, 2014. Picture taken March 15, 2014. To match Special Report EUROPE-IMMIGRATION/NIGER REUTERS/Joe Penney (NIGER - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS)
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May 15, 2014
Nigerian migrant worker Ojukwu Ndochukwu poses for a picture at his spare motorcycle parts store in Agadez...
Agadez, Niger
Nigerian migrant worker Ojukwu Ndochukwu poses for a picture at his spare motorcycle parts store in Agadez...
Nigerian migrant worker Ojukwu Ndochukwu poses for a picture at his spare motorcycle parts store in Agadez March 15, 2014. Picture taken March 15, 2014. To match Special Report EUROPE-IMMIGRATION/NIGER REUTERS/Joe Penney (NIGER - Tags: SOCIETY IMMIGRATION POVERTY PORTRAIT TRANSPORT)
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May 15, 2014
Governor of Agadez Garba Maikido poses for a picture in his office in Agadez March 17, 2014. Picture...
Agadez, Niger
Governor of Agadez Garba Maikido poses for a picture in his office in Agadez
Governor of Agadez Garba Maikido poses for a picture in his office in Agadez March 17, 2014. Picture taken March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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May 15, 2014
Migrants, who are from different countries in West Africa, sit in the police commissioner's office after...
Agadez, Niger
Migrants sit in the police commissioner's office after being arrested for attempting to bribe a police...
Migrants, who are from different countries in West Africa, sit in the police commissioner's office after being arrested for attempting to bribe a police officer so they could pass a checkpoint without identification in Agadez March 16, 2014. REUTERS/Joe Penney (
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May 15, 2014
Gambian migrant Modou Cisse smokes a cigarette at a welcome center for migrants, which is managed by...
Agadez, Niger
Gambian migrant Modou Cisse smokes a cigarette at a welcome center for migrants in Agadez
Gambian migrant Modou Cisse smokes a cigarette at a welcome center for migrants, which is managed by the Red Cross and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in Agadez March 16, 2014. Cisse was arrested and deported from Libya by militia groups in the southern city of Sabha. He spent a few days at the migrant center in Agadez before continuing his journey to his home country. His trip was paid for by IOM. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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May 15, 2014
Senegalese migrants relax at a welcome center for migrants, managed by the Red Cross and the International...
Agadez, Niger
Senegalese migrants relax at a welcome center for migrants in Agadez
Senegalese migrants relax at a welcome center for migrants, managed by the Red Cross and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in Agadez March 17, 2014. The migrants were arrested and deported from Libya by militia groups in the southern city of Sabha. They spent a few days at the migrant center in Agadez before continuing their journeys onward to their home countries. Their trips were paid for by IOM. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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May 15, 2014
A bartender sits behind a bar at a nightclub frequented by migrant smugglers in Agadez March 12, 2014....
Agadez, Niger
A bartender sits behind a bar at a nightclub frequented by migrant smugglers in Agadez
A bartender sits behind a bar at a nightclub frequented by migrant smugglers in Agadez March 12, 2014. Picture taken March 12, 2014. To match Special Report EUROPE-IMMIGRATION/NIGER REUTERS/Joe Penney
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May 15, 2014
Revelers stand at a nightclub frequented by migrant smugglers in Agadez March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Joe...
Agadez, Niger
Revelers stand at a nightclub frequented by migrant smugglers in Agadez
Revelers stand at a nightclub frequented by migrant smugglers in Agadez March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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May 15, 2014
A general view of Agadez at night March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Joe Penney
Agadez, Niger
A general view of Agadez at night
A general view of Agadez at night March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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