Africa’s new slave trade

Thousands who dream of a better life in Europe face horrors of modern slavery on way across the Sahara to Libya.

“I know there is a desert on the way, but I didn’t know what it looked like,” he said. “After four days, they said ‘welcome to Libya’. I said, is this a dream to me or reality? I know this is where they sell people. And then I realised that the middleman had sold me.”

Thousands who dream of a better life in Europe face horrors of modern slavery on way across the Sahara to Libya.

 

Female migrants are generally sold into sexual slavery, a trade so lucrative it makes them more valuable as a commodity than men.

 

There are thought to be thousands of migrants trapped in private jails and extortion centres scattered across Libya, where execution and torture are commonplace.

 

This article is definitely worth reading.

By Emma Graham-Harrison in Agadez, theguardian

Sunday 14 May 2017 00.04 BST

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