This trafficking phenomenon is not new, as an Italian documentary had been made on it during the Ghaddafi era: Come un uomo sulla terra. For a trailer, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
“Each year, tens of thousands of people pour across Libya’s borders. They’re refugees fleeing conflict or economic migrants in search of better opportunities in Europe. Most have sold everything they own to finance the journey through Libya to the coast and the gateway to the Mediterranean.