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Just outside Libya’s capital of Tripoli, a shocking video came to surface on July 8, 2017, showing groups of migrant farmers being sold at Libyan detention camps. Most of the victims were migrant farmers and north African refugees.

These auctions involving migrant farmers, have been going on for quite a while, however, a specific date is not clear. The video in question, provided by Casey Quackenbush of the New York Times, shows the detained being auctioned off for as little as $400 to work around neighboring African countries and even the Middle East. According to the International Organization for Migration, “slave markets” have been most active along migrants routes of North Africa. Some of these slave camps have been raided by the Libyan police and the conditions were said to be horrific with cramped quarters and meals barely enough to suffice. The African Union’s top official Moussa Faki Mahamat, has stated that there is about 700,000 African migrants detained in these camps.

“Some Nigerians were being sold like goats for a few dollars in Libya,” said Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari at the Ivory Coast Summit on November 29, 2017. At this summit, various North African countries came to speak on Libya’s so called “lucrative” trade.

The country of Libya, has been taking measures to expire these camps with formal investigations by the Libyan government. Libya and various European countries such as France and Germany in connection with the United Nations, have flown over 250 migrants out these camps back to their home country. However, progression in Libya is dismal. Libya, infamously known to be a lawless country, has been turning a blind eye on slavery for years with past leader Moammar Gaddafi being accused of inflating the trade.

Libyan officials, however, have been trying their best with the help of the European Union to eliminate the countries humanitarian crisis. As of now, the future for these migrants and refugees remain unknown.

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