Published: Fri, December 01, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Libya slave trade : Reps call for immediate investigation

Libya slave trade : Reps call for immediate investigation

Earlier this month, US television network CNN reported that many African migrants in Libya had been captured by local criminal gangs and sold into slavery in lawless regions near Tripoli.

Mahamat said 3,800 migrants in one camp in Tripoli need to be removed as soon as possible.

"It shows also that government is pro-active on the welfare of Nigerians at home and in the diaspora", he said.

"Libyan government does not have the means nor the commitment to crack down on the perpetrators as their hands are full, hence these smuggling networks are killing, torturing, extorting and detaining migrants at will".

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The International Organization for Migration says more than 423,000 migrants had been identified in the chaotic North African country as of last month.

The vast majority of undocumented migrants - some 95 percent - hail from African countries, he said.

The European Union and African leaders pledged Wednesday to do more to help the thousands of migrants stranded in squalid detention centers in Libya, the main jumping-off point for desperate people setting out in unseaworthy boats in search of better lives in Europe.

The president said efforts have commenced bringing back home to Nigeria, victims who are stranded in Libya or any other country and also rehabilitated.

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Senate President, Bukola Saraki, described the Libya slave trade reports as a slap in the face of Nigerians.

Oguntuase said that the South Africa chapter of the party was in support of major decisions taken by the Federal government, especially, the fight against corruption.

"We have agreed, along with the European Union and the United Nations, to set up a task force for repatriating at least 3,800 people", he said.

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