Migrants sold in Libyan slave trade markets

Migrants MediterraneanFrom OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – THE International Organization for Migration (IOM) has sounded the alarm on the sale of migrants in modern day slave markets in Libya.
It is reported hundreds of migrants along North African migrant routes are being bought and sold openly.
IOM, the United Nations migration agency, on Wednesday said it had documented over the past weekend shocking testimonies of trafficking victims from several African nations, including Nigeria, Ghana and the Gambia.
The agency reported Sub-Saharan migrants were being sold and bought by Libyans, with the support of Ghanaians and Nigerians who work for them.
Mohammed Abdiker, IOM’s head of operation and emergencies, said migrants who went to Libya while trying to get to Europe were subjected to torturous treatment.
“The latest reports of ‘slave markets’ for migrants can be added to a long list of outrages,” said Abdiker.
“The situation is dire. IOM engages inside Libya, the more we learn that it is a valley of tears for all too many migrants.”
In recent months IOM staff in Libya has reported migrants who fell into the hands of smugglers faced systematic malnutrition, sexual abuse and murder.
Last year, IOM reported 14 migrants died from disease and malnutrition in a single month in detention centres.
This year, 171 bodies have been discovered washed up on Mediterranean shores.
CAJ News

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