Greece has become the main route used by more than one million migrants in the past year
The advert’s author claimed that passengers’ money would be held by a third party trusted by both the smugglers and passengers, meaning that the smuggler stood to gain little if their clients failed to arrive in Europe.
Migrants fear they could end up being tricked by people posing as smugglers
Migrant arrivals to Italy since the start of 2016 are higher than the same periods in both 2015 and 2014, when record numbers landed on the islands of Sicily and Lampedusa.
About 18,200 people have already arrived since 1 January, compared with 10,000 over the same periods in 2014 and 2015.
Migrant chaos has continued to break out in camps and detention centres in Greece
The trip is on Saturday, from Mersin to Italy, on a merchant ship 110 metres long, equipped with food, water, life jackets and medicine
The advert, no longer visible on Facebook, appeared after the deal this month in which Turkey agreed with the European Union to return migrants and refugees who cross illegally to Greece.
Greece has become the main route used by more than one million migrants in the past year.
Criminal gangs have reportedly taken to social media to advertise new routes into the continent
Turkey has agreed to start retaking rejected asylum seekers from Monday April 4 with the plan designed to end the uncontrolled influx of migrants and refugees across the Aegean Sea to Greece in the past year.
Under the terms of the deal, Turkey would receive financial aid, faster visa-free travel for Turks and slightly accelerated EU membership talks.
However, the United Nations today called on for legal safeguards to be in place before refugees are returned to Turkey under the agreement with the EU, while warning that conditions in Greece are deteriorating.
The UN fears that Turkey could force the migrants back into the war zones they escaped from.