Security services in Benghazi city have arrested two men for allegedly operating a human trafficking ring that smuggles people to Italy.

The security directorate in the city said the defendants, one of whom is a Libyan and the other an Egyptian, were using a three-story building in the Salmani area as an assembly point for gathering migrants.

A group of 21 immigrants, mainly Syrians and one Egyptian, were arrested during the raid.

The migrants told the security services during interrogation that each person pays $3,500 to the smugglers to ship them to Italy.

The authorities in the east issued a statement confirming the referral of the defendants to the Public Prosecution.