Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The World Condemns Viral Video Of Migrants Sold In Apparent Slave Auction In Libya

A video footage showing migrants apparently being sold at slave auction in Libya has provoked global outrage and the UN Secretary-General has called on the international community to “unite in fighting this scourge”.

About week ago, CNN published a report on modern slavery in Libya, featuring a video that reportedly was shot in August.

It is understood that in the grainy mobile footage, unidentified men are offered up as a group of “big strong boys for farm work”.

“Does anybody need a digger? This is a digger, a big strong man, he’ll dig,” the auctioneer, who is dressed in camouflage gear, is heard saying.

“Big strong boys,” the man said in the video, according to a CNN narrator. “400 … 700 … 800,” he called out the mounting prices.

The men were sold for as little as £300, the US broadcaster reported.

After the footage emerged, protests erupted in Paris and other cities, while Libyans expressed solidarity with the victims with the hashtag #LibyansAgainstSlavery.

Several world leaders also spoke against it.

The chairman of the African Union, Guinean President Alpha Condé, called it a “despicable trade … from another era” on Friday.