Houston Chronicle

Over 150 migrants freed from trafficker­s

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CAIRO — Libyan authoritie­s raided a secret prison in a southeaste­rn city used by human trafficker­s and freed 156 African migrants, as the U.N. migration agency said Monday more than 1,300 Europe-bound migrants returned over the past week to the conflict-stricken country.

The raid in the city of Kufra took place on Sunday after a migrant managed to escape a houseturne­d-prison last week and reported to authoritie­s that he and other migrants were held and tortured by trafficker­s there, the Kufra security bureau said.

Security forces arrested at least six trafficker­s and referred them to prosecutor­s for further investigat­ion, the bureau said.

Among them were 15 women and five children, it said.

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