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African Migrants Are Being Sold As Slaves In Libya

For the thousands of migrants escaping their home countries in West Africa and also migrants from Sudan, Bangladesh. Eritrea, and Somalia in hopes of reaching Europe, slavery is a reality they face in refugee camps in Libya and also in Europe.

Many of the migrants are being forced into unsanitary and overcrowded warehouses on the Northern coast of Libya hoping to catch another overcrowded boat to Europe. The sad reality is, is that when migrants make it to Europe many men are forced to work in terrible sweatshop conditions, while young girls and women are forced into the European sex slave trade. It is estimated according to CNN, that 80 percent of Nigerian girls, when landing in Italy, are forced to be prostitutes on the streets of Italy’s largest cities and are forced into the sex slave trade. The girls are forced to sell themselves for 10 Euros, which equals 8.90 British Pounds and 11.73 US Dollars every-time.

Slave markets in Libya are relatively new, being established in April 2017, but real evidence of migrants being auctioning took the internet by storm after a video surfaced on Twitter.

Alpha Conde, the president of Guinea and chairman of the African Union, where many migrants come from, called for an inquiry and prosecutions relating to what he termed a “despicable trade… from another era”. The Senegalese government called the apparent slave market a “blight on the conscience of humanity”.

The IOM reported the existence of slave markets in April. “The reports of ‘slave markets’ for migrants can be added to a long list of outrages [in Libya],” said Mohammed Abdiker, IOM’s head of operation and emergencies.  “The situation is dire. The more IOM engages inside Libya, the more we learn that it is a vale of tears for all too many migrants.”

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Written by Sameer Ghai

Sameer is a 16 year old high school student living in Orange County, California. Sameer is passionate about photography, debate, and journalism. You can catch him binge-watching 90210, Law & Order SVU, Young and Hungry, Gossip Girl, or pretty much anything on Netflix!

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