So far media has painted the picture that African refugees crossing the Mediterranean Sea pay huge sums to traffickers to be brought to Europe.
In an interview with BR24 Claus-Peter Reisch, captain of the rescue ship Lifeline, says the following:
Die Flüchtlinge, die da losgeschickt werden, die steigen ja oftmals gar nicht freiwillig ein. Wenn Flüchtlinge nicht einsteigen am Strand, dann werden halt einfach mal ein paar erschossen, dann steigt der Rest schon ein.
The refugees, that are sent away there, they often don't board [the ships] willingly. If refugees don't board at the beach, then they just shoot a couple of them, then the rest boards.
So far I was under the impression the refugees paid the traffickers, not that they were forced. So, is it true, that refugees are forced across the Mediterranean Sea by traffickers? If so, an answer as to why the traffickers would be behaving like that would be welcome as well.