Real action against slavery in Libya
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Harrowing videos of 'slave markets' in Libya are circulating on the internet. The videos show young men from sub-Saharan Africa terrified, and powerless being auctioned off as "great diggers on farms" for a few hundred pounds. This vile use of power and torture must stop.
Thetelegraph also reports, "Migrants who are rescued at sea and brought to Italy have told how they are beaten, tortured and in some cases raped by traffickers in Libya.
Many young women end up as prostitutes on the streets of Italy, with Nigerian girls as young as 13 forced to sell themselves for as little as 10 euros (£8.90) a time, terrified into submission by gang rape and voodoo curses.
It is estimated that 80 per cent of Nigerian teenage girls and young women who make it to Italy are forced into the sex trade."
The Libyan war fought by NATO-backed rebels that held racist and extremist views left a power vacuum in Libya after the death of Qadhafi. Militants in the NATO-backed rebel stronghold of Misrata even referred to themselves in 2011 as “the brigade for purging slaves, black skin”. In March 2017 when Boris Johnson announced £9 million in aid to Libya, the Independent Commission for Aid Impact warned that this could make the refugee and detainee crisis worse. whether the aid has had a direct impact on the current abhorrent situation is a matter that needs to be investigated.
As an aid donor and a member of NATO surely Britain has enough sway to put pressure on the Libyan authorities and require actual action and demand an end and strict regulations for this horrific practice.
Please sign this appeal and ask Boris Johnson the UK foreign minister to bring light to this issue, passionately put Britain's case against slavery to the Libyan government and support them in irradicating this vile trade.
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