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People for sale: Where lives are auctioned for $400

Tripoli, Libya - "Eight hundred," says the auctioneer. "900 ... 1,000 ... 1,100 ..." Sold. For 1,200 Libyan dinars -- the equivalent of $800. Not a used car, a piece of land, or an item of furniture. Not "merchandise" at all, but two human beings. One of the unidentified men being sold

Does ‘human trafficking’ need a new definition?

Combating human trafficking has become one of the biggest global challenges, attracting high-level pledges of support from world leaders, especially in the West. Barack Obama and Pope Francis both urged universal commitments in the fight against it; the UK has enacted a modern slavery act; and in 2016, the United Nations

Migrants from west Africa being ‘sold in Libyan slave markets’

West African migrants are being bought and sold openly in modern-day slave markets in Libya, survivors have told a UN agency helping them return home. Trafficked people passing through Libya have previously reported violence, extortion and slave labour. But the new testimony from the International Organization for Migration suggests that the

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