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

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.

Editor - Daily Pakistan Lifestyle.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 26 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 26, 2024 (Monday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 26 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94


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