THE deadly Moroccan-Spanish migrant route is only increasing in popularity with the Spanish coastguard rescuing SEVEN boats on Saturday.

Over 150 migrants were pulled from the water, including women and children.

The coastguard commented that the majority of individuals rescued were from Eritrea, the Gambia and Senegal.

The number of migrants crossing the Moroccan-Spanish route has tripled this year.

This has been attributed to continued instability in parts of the Middle East and Africa and reports that Sub-Saharan migrants have been kidnapped and sold into slavery in nearby Libya.

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