Slavery is not a thing of the past.
There is a modern-day slave market in Libya where African migrants are caught in a brutal chain of human trafficking, as Reuters reported.
Narciso Contreras, a Pulitzer Price-winning photographer, spoke to migrants turned Libyan slaves (as documented in the Reuters piece).
Contreras stated: “What I found is that it’s a slave market, it’s like an industry but the world is looking at Libya as a transit country… The humanitarian crisis of migrants trying to reach Europe is well documented, and it is a story the Libyan authorities want to be told… But the vast market trading in human beings is largely undocumented. It’s a human rights violation that needs to be addressed by the international community.”
The African Union (AU) has expressed outrage after footage emerged appearing to show sub-Saharan migrants being sold at slave markets in Libya.
The UN secretary-general said Monday he is “horrified” at reports showing African migrants sold as slaves and called for immediate investigations.
Pope Francis has made human slavery – this “plague on the body of contemporary humanity” – a priority in his papacy.