Black Lives Matter has been busy making pilgrimages to the West Bank and touting the Palestinian “cause” but mum’s the word as African slaves are being traded in public squares throughout Islamic Libya.
International Business Times reports that Libyans have been exploiting newly arrived migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa, hawking them in “public slave markets” to the tune of $200 (£160) and $500 (£400) a piece.
Most of the slaves are reportedly held captive before being sold. IBT reports:
Survivors have told the International Organization for Migration (IOM) how there are slave markets and private prisons all over Libya.
Mohammed Abdiker, IOM’s head of operation and emergencies, said: “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.”
One survivor from Senegal spoke of how he was brought by smugglers across Niger in a bus to the southern Libyan city of Sabha, where he was due to risk a boat trip to Europe. When the middleman did not get his fee, the survivor was put up for sale along with other passengers.
He was taken to a prison where he worked without pay while the captors demanded 300,000 West African francs (about £380) before selling him on to a larger jail. Livia Manante, an IOM officer based in Niger, said migrants would be brought to a square where they were put up for sale.
Manante said: “IOM Italy has confirmed that this story is similar to many stories reported by migrants and collected at landing points in southern Italy, including the slave market reports.”
Those who did not get their ransom paid were often taken away and killed while others would die of hunger and disease in unsanitary conditions.
IOM has helped repatriate 1,500 people back to West Africa so far this year where it is trying to inform people not to risk the journey to Libya where they face exploitation.
As a departure point for refugees trying to get to Europe, migrants arriving in Libya from sub-Saharan Africa are particularly vulnerable due to a lack of money and little in the way of documentation.
“If the number of migrants goes down, because of death or someone is ransomed, the kidnappers just go to the market and buy one,” Manente said.
Chief IOM spokesman Leonard Doyle called Libya a “torture archipelago” that awaits each West African migrant as he or she crosses the border.
“There they become commodities to be bought, sold and discarded when they have no more value.”
But you know, the real problem is that privileged black actors in the West aren’t landing enough Academy Awards nominations.
The truth is, the black slave trade has long been practiced in the Islamic world, but you’ll never hear the Left complain about it.
Source: The Slave Trade Is Alive and Well in Islamic Libya As West African Migrants Sold at Open Markets Where are you, Black Lives Matter? Sharing a “plight” with Palestinians, perhaps?