Human Auction For As Low As $400 In Libya Slave Trade Market

November 28, 2017 No Comment
It's comes to me as a thing of shame that while other countries battle with more important issues, Africa countries still battle with the issue of slave trade in the 21st century.
Footages coming up online indicates the on going slave trade practiced by Libyan on migrants.

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 refugees or migrant are from several African countries who try to 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.

Reports have it that 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.

As we all know, modern-day slavery is widespread around the world and Libya is by no means unique …
However, what’s make this particularly event shocking is that this is happening effectively in the open, where people can go to a farmhouse, place a bid for then like some piece of art work, and end up ‘owning’ a human being. This is as a result of lack of proper registration process for the large amount of refugees arriving in Libya.

According to reports, the business of detention centres is unsupervised in some parts of Libya and stories of torture, rape and forced labour have emerged.

When the centres get too crowded, people are then allegedly sold off like goods in an open market. Survivors have told the UN’s migration agency that they use smartphones to connect with people smugglers to get them to Libya’s coast, and that they were then sold, being held for ransom, used as forced labour or for sexual exploitation.

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.

“There is an international responsibility to help … What is particularly important now is that this issue is reaching global attention,” says Doyle.

Below are graphic images from slave trade dilemma

Video footage of Auction process from CNN news.