Slave trade in Libya

1 December 2017

Written by Community Coordinator.

Slave trade in Libya ….dream of a better life turned into a living hell.

"Slavery is founded in the selfishness of man's nature - opposition to it, is his love of justice. These principles are an eternal antagonism; and when brought into collision so fiercely, as slavery extension brings them, shocks, and throes, and convulsions must ceaselessly follow."  The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln.

It’s really shocking that in this day and world there is still the ill called slavery or slave trade hundreds of refugees that are stuck in Libya are being sold as refugees on markets there is nothing as inhuman and disheartening as people being sold in a market like livestock. Due to unemployment, economic constraints, poverty and war most people In Africa leave their homes in search for greener pastures .The only way to get to Europe were the grass seems to be greener is through Libya .These people travel through dangerous and tough journeys across the desert to get to Libya only to find out that the so called greener pastures are not green after all. The smugglers sell people a lie on social media and people end up expecting a new better promised life awaiting for them in Europe. According to CNN they get off the bus and they are quickly put into a kind of murder machine, an extortion machine. They are robbed of their possessions, their families are called. They are forced, they are tortured, and they give them money.  Then they are sold. Unbelievable as it seems, they are sold in open, public auctions: $400 for a labouring man, maybe a bit more for a woman who can be put in the sex trade. And this is what's happening across the country.

As shocking as this might be it is actually true our brothers and sisters are being sold as slaves and it is everyone’s call to ensure that we stop this slave trade in Libya by engaging in advocacy campaigns and helping fund by developing an anti-slavery initiative .This slave trade has caused more harm than good already 150 000 migrants and refugees have crossed the Mediterranean sea and 3000 people have lost their lives In the past 4 years. NO TO HUMAN TRAFFICKING, ABUSE, SLAVE TRADE, RAPE, CRIME.   

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