Slavery has been abolished on the statute books of every nation in the world but that has not stopped the auctioning of human beings in Libya–where a fit black man can be purchased for 400 dollars.
A CNN exclusive has uncovered a shocking human trading network, stationed in the politically chaotic country of Libya.
The website reports:
“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 in the grainy cell phone video obtained by CNN is Nigerian.
He appears to be in his twenties and is wearing a pale shirt and sweatpants.
He has been offered up for sale as one of a group of “big strong boys for farm work,” according to the auctioneer, who remains off camera. Only his hand — resting proprietorially on the man’s shoulder — is visible in the brief clip.
After seeing footage of this slave auction, CNN worked to verify its authenticity and travelled to Libya to investigate further.
And using a concealed cameras into a property outside the capital of Tripoli last month, CNN witnessed a dozen people go “under the hammer” in the space of six or seven minutes.