A report by CNN revealed disturbing images of people being sold in an auction in Libya. A group of young men were advertised by an auctioneer as “big strong men” and eventually sold off for $400 each. Slavery remains rampant in certain parts of the country, where migrants arrive from various countries in the continent in an attempt to reach Europe but ultimately lose their freedom.
Watch: People for sale in Libya
A video obtained by CNN reveals chilling footage of people being auctioned off in Libya. The images show a group of young men being sold for $400 each. “Big strong men for farm work,” the slave trader can be heard announcing.
The video was verified for authenticity by journalists Nima Elbagir, Raja Razek, Alex Platt and Bryony Jones, who went to Libya and witnessed a similar auction themselves. According to their report, they attempted to talk to the people who were sold but the latter were traumatized and too terrified to speak.
Migrants on their way to Europe Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
Every year, thousands of people are sold into the slave trade along the borders of Libya, a country that has been bogged down in chaos ever since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The people sold into slavery are most often migrants attempting to make their way to Europe, a long and often perilous journey during which many lose their freedom.
Slave trade is rampant in Libya Photo Credit: CNN/Channel 2 News