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.


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 January 25, 2023 (Wednesday).

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 237.65 240.4
Euro EUR 270.5 273
UK Pound Sterling GBP 309 312
U.A.E Dirham AED 69 69.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 66.4 67.1
Australian Dollar AUD 174 175.25
Bahrain Dinar BHD 614.77 619.27
Canadian Dollar CAD 186 187.35
China Yuan CNY 34.02 34.27
Danish Krone DKK 33.75 34.1
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 29.52 29.87
Indian Rupee INR 2.81 2.89
Japanese Yen JPY 2.54 2.58
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 756.69 761.69
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 52.59 53.04
New Zealand Dollar NZD 148.33 149.53
Norwegians Krone NOK 22.43 22.73
Omani Riyal OMR 600.37 604.87
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 63.5 64
Singapore Dollar SGD 178 179.3
Swedish Korona SEK 21.78 22.08
Swiss Franc CHF 250.23 251.98
Thai Bhat THB 6.98 7.08

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs189,650 on Wednesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs162,600.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs149,250 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 172,300.

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 189,650 PKR 2,060
Karachi PKR 189,650 PKR 2,060
Islamabad PKR 189,650 PKR 2,060
Peshawar PKR 189,650 PKR 2,060
Quetta PKR 189,650 PKR 2,060
Sialkot PKR 189,650 PKR 2,060
Attock PKR 189,650 PKR 2,060
Gujranwala PKR 189,650 PKR 2,060
Jehlum PKR 189,650 PKR 2,060
Multan PKR 189,650 PKR 2,060
Bahawalpur PKR 189,650 PKR 2,060
Gujrat PKR 189,650 PKR 2,060
Nawabshah PKR 189,650 PKR 2,060
Chakwal PKR 189,650 PKR 2,060
Hyderabad PKR 189,650 PKR 2,060
Nowshehra PKR 189,650 PKR 2,060
Sargodha PKR 189,650 PKR 2,060
Faisalabad PKR 189,650 PKR 2,060
Mirpur PKR 189,650 PKR 2,060


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