Black Africans are being sold in open-air slave markets in Libya.
Migrants recount their harrowing experience in Libya.
— Ibadan Lord 🇳🇬 (@degosTee) November 29, 2017
Footage from Libya, released recently by CNN, showed young men from sub-Saharan Africa being auctioned off as farm workers in slave markets.
France’s ambassador to the UN has urged the Security Council to impose sanctions on the people involved in Libya’s slave trade of African refugees and migrants.
Modern-day slavery all over the world and Libya is by no means unique. It’s happening in the developed countries of the world as well as the undeveloped countries but it is really appalling that it is happening in the open.
— Kate Osamor (@KateOsamor) November 29, 2017
Migrants trying to reach Europe have testified to being held by smugglers and forced to work for little or no money. 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.
The footage released by CNN appears to show youths from Niger and other sub-Saharan countries being sold to buyers for about $400 (£300) at undisclosed locations in Libya.