Boat carrying 396 Haitian migrants intercepted by US Coast Guard

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A 50-foot boat carrying nearly 400 Haitians was intercepted by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) near the Bahamas on Saturday, Jan. 21.

Bahamian officials said it was one of the largest human trafficking incidents in the region.

It comes as thousands of Haitians flee a spike in gang violence and political instability in the country, which has no democratically elected institutions.

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The migrants were detained on the island of Cay Sal between Florida and Cuba.

Immigration officials in the Bahamas said the migrants will be processed on Inagua Island before being repatriated.

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