- African migrants detained in Libya are being put on auction
- Investigations uncovered that the "slaves" are being sold of sums up to the equivalent of $800
A recent report has it that some African migrants attempting to make the perilous trip to Europe via Libya are being detained and sold like slaves by human traffickers.
According to investigations carried out by the Cable News Network (CNN), some migrants who came from countries like Guinea, and Nigeria are being kept in detention center that lack basic facilities like proper ventilation.
In a hidden camera video footage obtained by CNN, a twenty something year old Nigerian migrant is put on sale as part of a group of boys.
The slaves' prices are mentioned in typical auction style, "900... 1,100... 1,100," says the auctioneer. Some are sold for little as 1,200 Libyan dinars, which is approximately $800.
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"Big boys for farm work," says the auctioneer, who never ends up being seen on the video footage.
The report say CNN, after receiving the initial footage, traveled to Libya to further investigate the situation. Their investigations brought them to a compound outside the capital of Tripoli, where their hidden cameras witnessed multiple migrants be sold in minutes.
Dressed in camouflage, an auctioneer calls out to potential buyers in hopes of securing a sale. "Does anybody need a digger? This is a digger, a big strong man, he’ll dig," goes the modern day slave trader.
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Investigators attempted to speak to two men who had just been sold, but the two were so traumatized that they didn't speak, and were probably too wary to do so at the time.
With the recent increase in activity by the Libyan coast guard have made attempts to set-off for Europe more difficult for migrants and traffickers, meaning more potential migrants are detained. This has resulted to the increase of migrants in detention centers, and the traffickers have now graduated from human trafficking, to proper slave trade.
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