Many risks awaits migrants in the desert. Human traffickers take more and more dangerous roads to avoid authorities.
Abdallah Hidou, better known as Malohiya, is awaiting trial on charges of trafficking migrants to Italy from Niger. His arrest was the result of a joint African and European police investigation.
Thousands of African migrants trying to get to Europe end up trapped in Libya. Often they endure abuse, and some are even sold into slavery. DW's Migration Dilemma series looks at why people risk the journey.
Parliament voted in favor of increased presence in North Africa and cutting the number of troops in the Middle East. Rome hopes to fight the human trafficking that has brought hundreds of thousands of migrants to Italy.
In its efforts to staunch the flow of migrants from Africa, Germany sees Niger as a key partner. But it risks supporting a president who is becoming increasingly authoritarian, warns DW's Thomas Mösch.
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