Migrants who survived slavery have spoken to the United Nations, telling them about the horrific conditions on the ground in Libya regarding the slave trade. It has apparently become so “normalized” that there are slave markets operating in broad daylight.
Most of the individuals are said to be from West Africa, and have been caught–and put into slavery–while attempting to make their way to Europe. Since the migrants have very little–if any–money and papers, they are easy targets to become slaves as they travel through the unstable country.
The migrants are selling for between “$200 and $500 each,” and are dying from starvation and disease. There have already been bodies washing up on the “shores of the Mediterranean” while thousands have been rescued by the Libyan Coast Guard.
As recently reported, “Survivors have told the International Organization for Migration (IOM) how there are slave markets and private prisons all over Libya.
Mohammed Abdiker, IOM’s head of operation and emergencies, said: “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.”
One survivor from Senegal spoke of how he was brought by smugglers across Niger in a bus to the southern Libyan city of Sabha, where he was due to risk a boat trip to Europe. When the middleman did not get his fee, the survivor was put up for sale along with other passengers.”
As the middle east continues to spiral out of control, will the slave trade expand to other countries in the region?