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12 Apr 2017

African Migrants Trying To Enter Europe Sold As Slaves For $200 In Libya(Photo)

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International monitors has revealed that African migrants attempting
to enter Europe are being sold
into slavery in Libya, including for s3x, for as little as $200,citing
testimony from victims.

Having paid human traffickers in the hope of
finding a better life many
instead were held hostage and their families extorted for ransom. The
International Organization for Migration said "slave market
conditions" and detention were increasingly
common as criminal gangs
sought to cash in.

"Selling human beings is becoming a trend among smugglers as the
smuggling networks in Libya are becoming stronger," Othman Belbeisi,
the IOM's chief of
mission in Libya, told reporters in Geneva.

"Migrants … are being sold in markets as a commodity" at a going rate
of between $200
and $500 a head, he said. While some migrants sold this way managed to
escape, many wallowed in captivity for months before being bought free
or sold on. The U.N. agency could not
provide statistics over how
many people were affected,
but relied on accounts
provided to its staff on the
ground. In one case, a Senegalese migrant identified only as S.C.,
told IOM staff he had been held captive for months after he made the
perilous journey to Libya.

After paying a trafficker more
than $300 to arrange for him
to be driven through the
desert, he was apparently
conned when he arrived in
Libya, with a truck driver saying the trafficker never
paid him the money
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