Libya’s UN-backed government says it is investigating allegations that hundreds of African refugees and migrants passing through Libya are being bought and sold in modern-day slave markets.
According to reports, the trade works by preying on the tens of thousands of vulnerable people who risk everything to get to Libya’s coast and then across the Mediterranean into Europe – a route that’s been described as the deadliest route on earth.
Libya is the main gateway for people attempting to reach Europe by sea, with more than 150,000 people making the crossing in each of the past three years.
“They [the refugees] are from several African countries and they say they have fled war, poverty and unemployment in their countries .
“They have taken a tough journey through the desert and they have paid people smugglers to get to Libya to try to cross the Mediterranean to Europe.
“With the security and financial collapse in Libya, human trafficking and smuggling have become a booming trade,” says Mahmoud Abdelwahed, reporting from a detention centre in the Libyan capital Tripoli.
Modern-day slavery is widespread around the world and Libya is by no means unique … But what’s particularly shocking is that this is happening effectively in the open, where people can go to a farmhouse, place a bid and end up ‘owning’ a human being.
The International Organization for Migration says trade in humans has become so normalised that people are being bought and sold in public for as little as $400.
“As shocking as it seems, it’s indeed true,” Leonard Doyle from the International Organization for Migration tells Counting the Cost.
“The reason it [slave trade] can happen is because there is really no rule of law across much of Libya. Libya is a country as big as France, with a lot of space there.
“Migrants are coming there … they see the promise of a new life when they go to their Facebook feed and they think something wonderful is waiting for them in Europe, because a smuggler has abused the system and has sold them that lie.”
He explains that when they arrive in Libya, “they get off the bus and they are quickly put into a kind of murder machine, an extortion machine. They are robbed of their possessions, their families are called.
They are forced, they are tortured, they give them money. And then they are sold. Unbelievable, but they are sold in open, public auctions: $400 for a labouring man, maybe a bit more for a woman who can be put in the sex trade. And this is what’s happening across the country.”
Doyle stresses that this issue shows that the international community should pay more attention to post-Gaddafi Libya.
Source: Vanguard Nigeria
We have seen celebrities from all over the world speak out on this injustice hoping for change.
This is PURE EVIL!!!!! I'm LIVID!!!! Satin is BUSY as a muuufucka. Spiritual Warfare in full effect.What side u on?
Fight Back… Repost!!!! For more info just google "slave trade in Libya" pic.twitter.com/8WvI0fcR0y
— T.I. (@Tip) November 28, 2017
African Leaders can’t you see what’s going on in Libya…Why is Libya not making the world headlines on CNN,BBC and the rest? Oh God
— PATORANKING (@patorankingfire) November 28, 2017
These images of African migrants locked up in Libya and being auctioned off have dominated the internet for weeks… Why the silence?
At least for this we don't need super powers to deal with, do we now?
— Joy Doreen BIIRA (@JoyDoreenBiira) November 28, 2017
— Estelle (@EstelleDarlings) November 27, 2017
The slave trade in Libya must be stopped. The west used Military force to help the rebels remove Gaddafi. I believe that gives the West the moral obligation to get this country back on a healthy footing. Remove the slave holders by force and help establish a stable leadership
— LLCOOLJ. (@llcoolj) November 28, 2017
.@CNN showed Nigerians being sold as slaves for $400 in Libya. On the same day @Atiku spoke up, offered his help, and asked the International Community to act. Till today, Buhari has not said or done anything. And you are here following El-Rufai to insult Atiku and praise PMB!
— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) November 27, 2017
Under Jonathan, Nigeria was the FIRST nation in the world to evacuate her citizens from Libya during the Arab Spring.Jonathan would NEVER keep quiet if Nigerians are being sold as slaves in Libya. If Buhari can call Nigerians “criminals”, why would he act to free us from slavery?
— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) November 27, 2017
Man's inhumanity to Man!!
Slave trade in Libya in the 21st century is abominable!!!
— Kate Henshaw (@HenshawKate) November 28, 2017
Disgusting what’s happening in Libya, I actually can’t believe it, ?? and they just wanna ? can we spread some major light in this guys. Slave trade in 2017? Unbelievable.
— Tolulope Ogunmefun (@dontjealousme) November 28, 2017
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#Repost @missandyej (@get_repost) ・・・ Haven't had the stomach to post about this until now, but HAD to. This is reality in 2017 y'all. It's a crisis and it's disgusting. #blacklivesmatter @Regranned from @londynjuwelz – Heavenly Father I pray for the nations healing for we all need you…. #libya #prayforlibya #blacklivesmatter – #regrann
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