Sunday, January 24, 2021

Last year, a video surfaced on social media of men appearing to be sold in Libya at an auction for four hundred dollars each. This video shocked the nation and that led to more footage and succeeding investigations conducted by CNN to be taken seriously, to stop the abuse. Some European and African leaders from Libya, France, Germany, Niger and Chad has all settled on plan to evacuate thousands of men and women who are in these Libyan detention centers.

The CNN video uncovered smugglers selling off dozens of men and women at an alarming rate exposing a real actual slave trade going on. In the video, an auctioneer is in the process of selling a man and states, “big strong boys”, to one of the highest bidders which sparks an outrage so, CNN decided to hand over the videos as evidence to the International Criminal Court to end this madness. Following that, Libya opens an investigation into the slave markets that are operating in Libya and other surrounding cities but that was back in 2017 when discovered; it’s 2019 and the slave markets are still ongoing and as the years go by, the smuggling networks are becoming stronger, more organized and better equipped.

There are 33 detention centers throughout Libya that participant in the slave trade and most women and men who are captured and housed at these centers are crammed full into a dank room where there is barely no space to sit or lay down on these concrete floors plus, there are no showers or restrooms, leaving the atmosphere, putrid.
There have been several accounts from men and women who have escaped these slave markets and some of these stories can be gruesome. A young man who stayed at the detention centers for four months before being bought out by his family, states, he was forced to dress as a woman and then he would be repetitive raped by his Libyan owner and several other sex traffickers. Another, a woman stated, she was bought by a farmer who wanted her to work in his fields, naked while he watched and ridiculed her.
Now, that there have been several protests and statements from higher officials and celebrities, the International Organization of Migration has reported that there has been a huge significant amount of people being released from these detentions centers, even Canada has opened their doors, to try to give an helping hand but this something that should be spoken about on a daily basis. It’s hard to fathom the thought that Slavery exists in 2019 but it does, it’s very real.

How can we help? We can help stop the slave trades by spreading awareness of what’s going on in Libya. We can also help support different kinds of organizations that help with working against the slave trade and that also helps protect the human rights for migrants to end slavery, once and for all.


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