At least 70 Ethiopians drowned when a boat used by smugglers to transport illegal migrants to Yemen sank in the Red Sea in rough weather, security authorities in the western part of the country said on Sunday.
Human traffickers often use unseaworthy boats to smuggle African migrants to Yemen, seen as a gateway to wealthier parts of the Middle East, such as Saudi Arabia and Oman, and the West.
It’s not as if a seaworthy boat is all that expensive and the people smugglers seem to charge enough for the journeys. What is it that I’m missing here? Why aren’t there people offering to do the trip in something that will actually get there?