Migrants and Refugees are being sold at 'regular public slave auctions' in Libya

Urooj Tarar 07:37 PM | 14 Nov, 2017
Migrants and Refugees are being sold at 'regular public slave auctions' in Libya

Libya - Slave trade may be considered as abolished but in many countries, the trade is still going in.  CNN has recently obtained a cell phone video in which a Nigerian man is being sold in Libya. The young man appeared to be in his twenties and is wearing a pale shirt and sweatpants.

According to an auctioneer, who remained off camera, the Nigerian man was offered up for sale as one of a group of "big string boys from farm work". The young man was then sold for 1,200 Libyan dinars, equivalent to 800$.

According to CNN, there are more than nine locations where such auctions happen. The slaves being auctioned are usually the refugees who flee the conflict zones or come to the country to find better opportunities in Europe, with the help of smugglers.

The recent clampdown by the Libyan coastguards is leaving the migrants and refugees at the hand of smugglers. So, stranded in Libya, smugglers become masters and refugees become slave and are sold to new masters. The auction starts at $400.

In April 2017, The Burton Wire reported that Africans trying to reach Europe via Libya are sold into slavery in the country. The men are forced into hard labor and women are sold to private Libyans as sex slaves. The female migrants and refugees who make it to Europe are forced into sex slavery by their traffickers.

According to United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC), about 43,000 refugees and asylum seekers are now living in Libya. The UNHRC is facing difficulty to resettle these refugees after many countries have shut their borders for refugees.

Keeping the conditions of these refugees in mind, UNHRC broke a deal with Niger and government of Libya. As a result of the deal, a group of 25 refugees has been evacuated from  Libya to Niger to have resettlement claims processed.

The government of Libya is also investigating the slave auctions and promised to take appropriate steps to stop the slave trade at every cost.

Urooj Tarar
Urooj Tarar

Editor - Daily Pakistan Lifestyle.


Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on March 28, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on March 28, 2023 (Tuesday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 284.1 287.15
Euro EUR 304.5 307.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 345.5 349
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.3 78.1
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.7
Australian Dollar AUD 187.5 189.9
Bahrain Dinar BHD 753.18 761.18
Canadian Dollar CAD 205.5 207.7
China Yuan CNY 41.44 41.84
Danish Krone DKK 41.30 41.73
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.92 36.27
Indian Rupee INR 3.41 3.52
Japanese Yen JPY 2.06 2.11
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 924.09 933.09
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.84 63.45
New Zealand Dollar NZD 178 180
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.33 26.63
Omani Riyal OMR 735.91 743
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 77.43 78.13
Singapore Dollar SGD 209.5 211.5
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 308.97 311.47
Thai Bhat THB 8.3 8.45

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – 28 March 2023

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 204,300 on Tuesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs175,160.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Karachi PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Islamabad PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Peshawar PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Quetta PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Sialkot PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Attock PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Gujranwala PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Jehlum PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Multan PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Bahawalpur PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Gujrat PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Nawabshah PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Chakwal PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Hyderabad PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Nowshehra PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Sargodha PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Faisalabad PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Mirpur PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465


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