Maggie Michael, investigative reporter, Cairo; Lori Hinnant, enterprise reporter, Paris; and Renata Brito, video journalist, Barcelona, were first to follow money given to Libya to prevent migration, and what they found was startling: The money has spawned a web of thriving and highly lucrative businesses that profit off the misery of migrants – funded by the European Union and enabled by the United Nations. The AP team came to this conclusion through interviews with more than 50 migrants and confidential information from internal United Nations emails and high-level sources, including senior Libyan officials.