Slavery has been so-called outlawed here in America since 1865. Some places it was quite early and some places not so. But boy over in Africa, the nation of Libya is finally being investigated for its slave trade and the putrid smell of reality is finally settling amongst all of us worldwide.
According to CNN, After obtaining footage of a human auction in Libya, a CNN team traveled to that country in October to investigate. It witnessed a dozen men sold at an auction outside of the capital, Tripoli — some for as little as $400. CNN also was told of auctions taking place at nine locations in the country.
Libyan authorities have launched a formal investigation into the auctions. The probe is being overseen by the government’s Anti-Illegal Immigration Agency.
“To see the pictures of these men being treated like cattle, and to hear the auctioneer describe them as, quote, ‘big strong boys for farm work,’ should shock the conscience of us all,” US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley told the council. “There are few greater violations of human rights and human dignity than this.”
Haley and other diplomats called for an investigation that would hold the perpetrators accountable.
The Security Council also adopted a resolution Tuesday designed to crack down on human trafficking and slavery.
Ambassadors from Senegal to Sweden also blamed trafficking’s root causes: Unstable countries, poverty, profits from slave trading and lack of law enforcement. Secretary-General Guterres also noted how terror groups, from ISIS to Boko Haram, are forcing women and children into “de-humanizing servitude” — actions that may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.
“It is our collective responsibility to stop these crimes,” Guterres said. He added that countries must hunt down traffickers while boosting humanitarian aid and allowing more migration to the developed world. Countries in many parts of the world are experiencing raging debates about whether to admit more immigrants.
Guterres cited a UN report which said an increasing number of victims trafficked from Iraq, Syria, and Somalia are appearing in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.
“Having a response coordinated across the whole of the UN family will be a crucial part of the international methods to combat slavery,” the UK’s Rycroft said.
Haley, the US ambassador, said, “we are encouraged by the Secretary-General’s focus on improved UN coordination on trafficking of persons in conflict.