Call on the Canadian Government Act on Ending Human Slave Trafficking in Libya
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On the 14th of November, 2017, CNN released an article about an undercover investigation into migrant slave trade in Libya.
The evidence is shocking - hundreds of people seeking a better life in Europe have been kidnapped and forced into auctions, some never speaking to their families again, some perishing and some being purchased for slave work.
One man, a 21 year old named Victory spoke to CNN cameras about his experience being sold as a slave. "If you look at most of the people here, if you check [their] bodies, you see the marks. They are beaten, mutilated." (CNN,2017)
This practice is barbaric, demeaning, and deprives the victims of their basic human rights. According to the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 4: "No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms." (United Nations, 2006)
Protests have began outside of the Libyan embassy in France to demand justice.(CNN,2017) and the Libyan government has said they will investigate.
We as Canadians call on our government to ensure that this injustice is resolved in a swift manner by the Libyan government, and that support be provided if necessary to end this inhumane practice.
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