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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Apr 2017 10:02 p.m. PST

"UN migration agency says selling of people is rife in African nation that has slid into violent chaos since overthrow of Gaddafi.

West African migrants are being bought and sold openly in modern-day slave markets in Libya, survivors have told a UN agency helping them return home.

Trafficked people passing through Libya have previously reported violence, extortion and slave labour. But the new testimony from the International Organization for Migration suggests that the trade in human beings has become so normalised that people are being traded in public.

"The latest reports of ‘slave markets' for migrants can be added to a long list of outrages [in Libya]," said Mohammed Abdiker, IOM's head of operation and emergencies. "The situation is dire. The more IOM engages inside Libya, the more we learn that it is a vale of tears for all too many migrants…."
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Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP12 Apr 2017 6:49 a.m. PST

No, no Slavery is from Europeans. You've been told they have to pay for it. This is just an incident….

arngrimson12 Apr 2017 9:33 a.m. PST

Don't forget that the Americans need to pay as well as us Euros.

Has slavery ever been gone from Africa?

rmaker12 Apr 2017 12:33 p.m. PST

Human trafficking was rife in Libya under Gaddafi. But for some reason neither the UN nor the journalists saw fit to talk about it.

Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP12 Apr 2017 12:34 p.m. PST

It was mostly eradicated under colonial rule. Was actually the cause of many a late XIXth century deep campaign and conquest. It only lasted half a century, so old habits can be back.

Supercilius Maximus Supporting Member of TMP13 Apr 2017 1:38 a.m. PST

A decade or so ago, a UN report on slavery said that it was endemic in five nations – one was Brazil, the other four were all in the Horn of Africa, and the practice there consisted primarily of Christian minorities being enslaved by pro-Islamic groups. The one exception (at that time, it's now been largely overrun by warlords) was the part of Somalia that used to be British Somaliland, where the former colonial form of government was still in use and Christians and Muslims lived alongside each other with very few problems.

It's worth pointing out, as many people don't realise it, that the original Slave Trade was originally set up by Africans for their own purposes, and was only introduced to Christian Europe during and after the Crusades (and after it had been gradually taken over by the Ottoman Empire). Europeans (of all stripes) were simply the biggest customer.

Xintao Supporting Member of TMP13 Apr 2017 10:25 a.m. PST

Here's a secret, if never left.

Apache 613 Apr 2017 1:47 p.m. PST

The Europeans were not the biggest customer for African slaves. They just kept better records. They have also admitted it was wrong.

Personal logo Weasel Supporting Member of TMP14 Apr 2017 9:21 a.m. PST

One might reasonably have higher expectations from nations who made explicit declarations about the rights of men.

Supercilius Maximus Supporting Member of TMP15 Apr 2017 1:27 a.m. PST

Well, one of them spent billions (at today's values) removing it from three continents, another fought a war costing almost a million dead to remove it from its own backyard.

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