Check For Runaway Slaves

Since 1865 the US has been slave free….and you would think that in the 21st century that slavery would be a thing of the past, right?

You would be greatly mistaken as I was when I first read an article about this situation……

Trafficked people passing through Libya have previously reported violence, extortion and slave labour. But the new testimony from the International Organization for Migration suggests that the trade in human beings has become so normalised that people are being traded in public.

“The latest reports of ‘slave markets’ for migrants can be added to a long list of outrages [in Libya],” said Mohammed Abdiker, IOM’s head of operation and emergencies. “The situation is dire. The more IOM engages inside Libya, the more we learn that it is a vale of tears for all too many migrants.”

The north African nation is a major exit point for refugees from Africa trying to take boats to Europe. But since the overthrow of autocratic leader Muammar Gaddafi, the vast, sparsely populated country has slid into violent chaos and migrants with little cash and usually no papers are particularly vulnerable.

CNN brought this story to light…..they should be commended for finding this story and digging for the facts…..

CNN recently released an exclusive report detailing slave auctions occurring across Libya. Migrants and refugees, comprised of people who have travelled to Libya with the hopes of a better future, are being auctioned off. Instead of providing them with a better future, the smugglers sold them to labourers for under one thousand U.S. dollars. After seeing footage of such an auction taking place, CNN travelled to Libya to investigate further and to verify the information. The journalists witnessed one auction outside Tripoli and were told of at least eight others across the country – and there is believed to be more.

While CNN’s report may be bringing this issue to the attention of the mainstream media, this is not a new development. Mohammed Abdiker, the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) Director of Operation and Emergencies, called the slave market in Libya “dire” after visiting earlier this year. In April, the Independent talked to migrants in a rehabilitation centre run by Médecins Sans Frontières in Sicily. Here they heard stories from Nigerian men who had spent time in Libya on their journey to Europe. While there, they were made to do hard labour, threatened with guns if they refused to work or asked for pay. This is not an isolated incident. IOM estimated almost half of the migrants arriving in Italy had been forced into work, 90% of this taking place in Libya.

The world and most media outlets do not want to report on such stories…..for no one cares about Africa… they ignore an important story as slave trade in Libya.

I have lost some respect for CNN over the last couple of decades…..but they have gained my respect for this story.

7 thoughts on “Check For Runaway Slaves

  1. I enjoy the rare factual (as best as they can do that) historical movies. My huge pet peeve is when certain directors mix and match historical time periods simply to get some fiction to their story. Cases in point, “Inglorious Basterds” and “Django”. But one of my fave of the genre is Spielberg’s “Amistad”. Outstanding popular cast, great storyline based on true events in American history. But the overall message the viewer doesn’t get until the end of the movie. The focus is on a single black man who was taken from his idyllic life with wife and child as a member of some tribe. White slave traders invade his tribe, kidnap him and he’s separated from his family, and he’s put on a slave ship bound for the Caribbean. Along the way the captured slaves take over the ship and end up on American shores… where they quickly become a legal issue pertaining to ownership.. of themselves and the ship, and the incident turned in to an international incident with Spain.

    Point being in the entire story is the issue of slavery.. and the slaves being argued over as property. So while the viewer has been taken down this visual path of 19th century slave policies and inhumane treatment, the end result is that the Supreme Court sets them free and orders them transported back to Africa. When our black “hero” ends up back home in Africa he learns that a warring tribe captured his family and they were indentured into slavery. The idea being that while the film suggested slavery by whites was the issue… the end of the film suggested that slavery is part of man’s existence himself.

    I have to think you guys have seen it.. but to those who haven’t it’s well worth the rental.

  2. Migrants and Immigrants being “Forced” into work? What a novel idea! It must relieve the local welfare departments’ burdens considerably.

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