In the middle of October the mass-media published a video with the scenes of slave trades in Libya. It caused many disturbances in Western and African countries and in the UN.
The standard price for one slave became known – only a few hundred dollars. They sell refugees from Central African countries, who tried to leave for Europe.
In the video we can see the life of the slave market in Tripoli, the capital of Libya. Apparently, these scenes became quiet ordinary because it happens openly. The owner of this slave auction sets the value and enumerates all advantages of prisoners. He mentions very often their ability for hard physical labor:
“Does anybody need a digger? This is a big strong man, he will dig very well!”, the salesman says in the market of slaves in Tripoli, praising up the muscular man. The buyers are gradually raising the price. The result is 600 Libyan dinars (about $440 at the official rate). This man sold into slavery passes into the hands of new owners.
And there is another situation on this video: “800, 900, 1000, 1100, sold for 1200 Libyan dinars” (the equivalent of $800), says the auction leader. This Nigerian was put up for sale as “a big strong man, fit for farm work.”
This scene seems to be insane for the 21st century, but it is quite common in Libyan cities.
And the scheme of turning people into slaves is also quite simple. A migrant from Africa turns to the carrier and pays him a certain amount of money for traveling to Europe. As a rule, from three to five thousand dollars. Refugees give the last. When a migrant enters Libya, he is informed that not enough money that he paid, you need more, and in general, no one has guaranteed anything to the illegal immigrant. If the refugee refuses to pay and insists on its, demanding compliance with the agreements, he is beaten or raped. After this, people are usually put up for sale.
Unfortunately, the video does not give us an answer to the question of who exactly the organizers of the slave trade are. Probably, “business” is engaged by paramilitary groups that control most of the country. After the overthrow of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, the armed gangs who replaced the central government took control of the illegal traffic of people from the least developed countries of Africa through the Mediterranean. After all, the general track of such illegal migration lies today through Libya.
In my opinion, the main reason of this situation is the air operation carried out in 2011 by the NATO aggressor countries (the United States, Great Britain, France, Italy) against the government of Libya and its leader M. Gaddafi. The air strikes of the alliance led to massive destruction of the Libyan military and civilian infrastructure – ports, highways, airports, hospitals, power stations and houses. Because of this, the economy of one of the richest countries in the region was destroyed. Thus, military actions destroyed completely the prosperous country, turning it into a country that broke up into several territories controlled by different groups. The oil-rich regions were in the hands of extremists. The population lives at risk of poverty. We can say that Libya as a united country ceased to exist. Therefore, there are continuing wars. People leave cities every day, but more refugees and new victims are appearing every time.
Although Gaddafi was not the best leader in terms of international law, but there was order in the country. He did not allow terrorist groups to enter his country, the slave trade was punishable by death. It was after the deportation of Gaddafi to Libya that international terrorists rushed in mass order. Their influence on the domestic political situation in the country continues to remain serious. If a victory over the terrorists is coming in Syria, but it is impossible to say about Libya. Probably, from Syria, the ISIL fighters will go to Libya with the aim of regrouping, resting, reinforcing troops. I won’t hide, at the end of September a chief investigator at the Tripoli state prosecutor’s office, Sadiq al-Sur, has already said that the IS training camps are in the Libyan desert. After all, South Libya, with its vast, uncontrolled territories, is the main route of migration from sub-Saharan Africa to northern Libya and to Europe. As a result, ISIL can easily get there recruitment, enlistment, or simply intimidating refugees.
In turn, European countries do not provide any practical assistance in overcoming the Libyan crisis. Washington, London, Paris and Rome wanted to establish their own order during the attack on Libya in 2011, they promised to establish democracy, without thinking what will happen in the future. And finally what they got ?! The slave trade, a transit point not only for African illegal immigrants seeking to enter Europe, but also for ISIL militants. I hope that the countries of Europe and the United States have already realized their mistake and will begin to take some actions to improve the current situation in the country where for several hundred US dollars one can buy a person ….