Growing numbers of African migrants passing through Libya are being sold as slaves by traffickers or militia groups, the Euro News website reports today (April 12, 2017).
The UN's International Organization for Migration has published a report based on interviews with several West African migrants who told of being bought and sold in garages and car parks in the southern city of Sabha -- one of Libya's main migrant smuggling hubs.
"Migrants are being sold in the market as a commodity," said Othman Belbeisi, the head of the UN agency's Libya mission. He added, "you can pay between 200 and 500 dollars to get a migrant."
There also claims that women have been brought to Libyan clients and forced to become sex slaves.