In Libya, West Africa migrants are now being openly traded in “public slave markets.”
Sub-Saharan African migrants are susceptible to being captured for the slave market on their journey to Europe. They often have little to no monetary valuables and no documentation nor identification.
“Migrants who go to Libya while trying to get to Europe, have no idea of the torture archipelago that awaits them just over the border,” said Leonard Doyle, chief IOM spokesman in Geneva. “There they become commodities to be bought, sold and discarded when they have no more value.”
The International Organization for Migration (IOM), run by Mohammed Abdiker, received reports from former enslaved survivors about the grueling feats of the Libyan markets.
“The situation is dire,” said Abdiker to IB Times. “The more IOM engages inside Libya, the more we learn that it is a vale of tears for all too many migrants.”
Livia Manante, an IOM officer, also revealed details about a former Nigerian slave’s torturous time being forced to work for smugglers. “IOM Italy has confirmed that this story is similar to many stories reported by migrants and collected at landing points in southern Italy, including the slave market reports,” said Manate.
Slaves who were deemed useless were usually taken away and killed, according to Manate. Others would die from starvation and disease in unsanitary conditions.
H/T: IB Times
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