The Shame of Slave Markets

Bethan McKernan in the Independent, “. . . It is estimated hundreds of sub-Saharan Africans travelling to Libya in the hopes of getting on a boat across the Mediterranean to a better life in Europe are being sold by smugglers each week – either into lives of manual or sex slavery or ransomed to their families, passed between militia groups . . . “It is now clear that slavery is an outrageous reality in Libya. The auctions are reminiscent of one of the darkest chapters in human history, when millions of Africans were uprooted, enslaved, trafficked and auctioned to the highest bidder,” a statement from a group of UN human rights experts said . . . Many Libyan activists and non-governmental organisations have been trying to raise the alarm about the worsening situation in Libya for months.” click here.