The footage, captured via mobile phone, shows young men being auctioned off like merchandise…
Disturbing video footage of African migrants being bought and sold in a slave auction in Libya was released last week by CNN.
The footage, captured via mobile phone, shows young men being auctioned off like merchandise. The auctioneer asks for bids from buyers, with some being sold for the equivalent of $400 and handed over to their “masters.” Every year, thousands of refugees and migrants attempting to escape warfare or poverty cross Libya’s borders, risking everything to reach safety. Due to a recent crackdown by the Libyan coast guard, many end up waiting for additional boats, making them vulnerable to smugglers. Some of these smugglers become “masters,” forcing refugees and migrants into slavery. CNN reports on a man named Victory, who was sold at a slave auction:
He made it as far as Libya, where he says he and other would-be migrants were held in grim living conditions, deprived of food, abused and mistreated by their captors.
“If you look at most of the people here, if you check your bodies, you see the marks. They are beaten, mutilated.”
“The situation is dire,” Mohammed Abdiker, the director of operation and emergencies for the International Organization for Migration, said. “Some reports are truly horrifying and the latest reports of ‘slave markets’ for migrants can be added to a long list of outrages.”
In light of the footage, the Libyan government has promised to investigate the country’s slave trade.
In February 2015, ISIS had posted a video online of the beheadings, which sparked air strikes from Egypt against ISIS units in Libya.
The bodies of 21 Coptic Christians who were beheaded by ISIS have been found in a mass grave in Libya, according to Libya’s interior ministry.
The men had been killed more than two years ago on a beach near Tripoli, the Agence French Presse reported. In February 2015, ISIS had posted a video online of the beheadings, which sparked air strikes from Egypt against ISIS units in Libya.
ISIS fighters had kidnapped the Christians in separate incidents in Libya from December 2014 to January 2015, The Christian Post reported.
“The heads are separated from the bodies clad in orange jumpsuits, hands bound behind the back with plastic wire,” said the Libya’s interior ministry unit for fighting organized crime in the city of Misurata.
Authorities found out about the mass grave after ISIS prisoners confessed to the killings.
Twenty of the bodies were determined to be of Egyptian descent, while one body was found to be of an unknown African nationality. The remains have been transferred to Misurata for forensic examination.
Egyptian officials have been notified of the finding of the remains, which will be returned to Egypt.
Last month, an Egyptian court sentenced seven people to death over links to ISIS units in northwest Egypt and the killings.
Earlier this year, International Christian Concern reported that the relatives of those who were killed were proud that their family members stood up to ISIS in the name of Christ.
One wife said her husband “kept the faith, and was martyred for Christ.”
“His faith was very strong,” she said. “I’m proud of him. He has lifted our heads up and honored us and all the Christians.”