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Nigerians, other Migrants auctioned for $400 in North African “Slave Markets” | WATCH



Nigerians, other Migrants auctioned for $400 in North African "Slave Markets" | WATCH

In Libya, a “slave market” is in operation, where “big strong boys for farm work” are being auctioned for $400, CNN is reporting.

The report corroborates an earlier statement released by International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in April this year. The IOM statement said that “IOM staff in Niger and Libya documented shocking events on North African migrant routes, which they have described as ‘slave markets’ tormenting hundreds of young African men bound for Libya.”

“The situation is dire,” Mohammed Abdiker, the director of operation and emergencies for IOM said, adding that “some reports are truly horrifying and the latest reports of ‘slave markets’ for migrants can be added to a long list of outrages.”

The statement added that “IOM Libya learned of other kidnapping cases, like those IOM Niger has knowledge of.”

Carrying concealed cameras, CNN’s reporters in Tripoli, the capital city of Libya, revealed that about “a dozen people” were auctioned “in the space of six or seven minutes”.

One of the traders, dressed in a camouflage gear and holding a man, said, “Does anybody need a digger? This is a digger, a big strong man, he’ll dig. What am I bid, what am I bid?”

Buyers raised their hands as the price rose, “500, 550, 600, 650 ….” Within minutes it is all over and the men, utterly resigned to their fate, are being handed over to their new “masters,” CNN adds.

The video evidence has been handed over to Libyan authorities who are currently carrying out a clampdown on smugglers.

An official with Libya’s Anti-Illegal Immigration Agency First Lieutenant Naser Hazam, told CNN that he has not witnessed a slave auction, but acknowledged that organized gangs are operating smuggling rings in the country.

Hazam said: “They fill a boat with 100 people, those people may or may not make it. (The smuggler) does not care as long as he gets the money, and the migrant may get to Europe or die at sea.”

As the crackdown on smugglers continue, it becomes more difficult for them to transfer the migrants to Europe, leaving them with thousands of persons who ultimately become slaves.

“The auctions take place in a seemingly normal town in Libya filled with people leading regular lives. Children play in the street; people go to work, talk to friends and cook dinners for their families,” CNN reports.

The migrants, when intercepted, are taking to detention camps, from where they would be deported to their various their countries.

Victory, 21, one of the migrants in the detention camps, who left his hometown in Edo state, Nigeria and spent more than N1 million and 16 months trying to reach Europe, said he was sold at a slave auction.

He could only get to Libya, he said, adding that him and other migrants were deprived of food, abused and mistreated by their captors.

“If you look at most of the people here, if you check your bodies, you see the marks. They are beaten, mutilated,” he said.

When his money rant out, his smugglers sold him as a day labourer, saying that the profit made from the transactions would serve to reduce his debt.

This didn’t happen, and after being forced to work for weeks, Victory was told the money he’d been bought for wasn’t enough. He was returned to his smugglers, who then sold him to more buyers.

The smugglers, he said, also demanded money from his family in Nigeria before they eventually released him. “My mother even went to a couple villages, borrowing money from different couriers to save my life,” Victory said.

“I could not make it (to Europe), but I thank God for the life of those that make it. I’m not happy. I go back and start back from square one. It’s very painful. Very painful,” Victory said.

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Photo Credit: IOM


  1. blush

    November 14, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    This is so horrifying, wow. Lord, please help Nigeria be better so that our youth don’t have to leave to endure such abuses and for their captors, change their hearts. Wow!

    • fleur

      November 15, 2017 at 4:33 pm

      Let us pause for a second. Imagine if you were on your way to Europe. It is a journey of last resort. You want freedom to work and earn a living. You get to Libia. Europe beckons across the sea. The salt water taste of the sea is like a taste of freedom. Then you run out of money. You have no where to go. You become putty in the hands of manipulators. They know you are desperate. More importantly, they know your country will not look for you because it does not know you. Next, you are on the auction block. Our politicians are guilty of murder on many fronts.

  2. ardnas

    November 14, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    This is 2017! God help us.

  3. chi

    November 14, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    The Zoo monkeys and baboons being auctioned off as the slaves they are..#OneNigeria #change #yourubatribalism

    • The Real Oma

      November 14, 2017 at 5:29 pm

      @Chi, I think it’s time BN banned you from this platform, what’s wrong with you? We have this disgraceful situation on our hands and your first instinct is to go tribal????
      Phewww! Grow some sense girl

    • bey

      November 14, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      Surely you are ill.

    • Weezy

      November 29, 2017 at 7:52 pm

      So Bella Naija approves these sort of comments? Yet simple comment about Banky and Adesua’s overexposure is screened out. You guys are hypocrites of the highest order.

  4. Tony

    November 14, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Before I stop weeping for the misery of the African continent I wish to give horrific slaps to these young boys and girls who embark on suicide mission in the name of greener pastures. Human beings sold in 2017 & no matter how we sensitise people not to fall for this illegal migration they won’t listen. Instead they call you an enemy of progress. Now let’s come to lack accountability in our society from vampire politicians and embezzlers. Billions are in western bank accounts while Citizens feed on misery. I keep asking God what crime Africa has committed but the answer is Africans are the architect of their own trouble. The day we unite even to 40% and stand against demons in power change wld come. Let’s stop the casting of unseen demons in churches cause the real ones are parading in bullet proof cars, jets and swallowing tax money. Let’s all play a role for change.

  5. mywifeisfiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiine

    November 14, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    When the time comes to vote, tribalism and #1,500 will take over common sense. I am tired of the sham called Nigeria, like my mum will always say; “a day is coming when the poor will move in to the homes of the rich by force so they don’t die of hunger.” Once the poor realize that they outnumber the rich in Nigeria, things will take shape. As Jon West will say, to hell with Nigeria.

  6. Ese

    November 14, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Nigerians shame please continue to vote illiterate certificateless man with no pedigree to rule you. Collect peanuts and vote your fellow religious and village man. keep shouting my tribe should rule and vote in an 80 yrs old to rule you. Thank you guys worse will happen before black men learn from their stupidity

  7. Dolly

    November 14, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    This is sad, to think the long fight for freedom, the long walk to liberation from our forefathers will lead to a walk back to enslavement, captivity perpetuated by our own, i weep!!

    Just last week I figuratively told my boss to go suck a huge dizz, why coz the motha-f thinks this is the slave era where he can talk however way he pleases and your job being black is to sulk it up and not have a voice, nah he heard every word of it including what would have been a subtext.
    Being black in America is like the cards are already against you, you will work thrice as hard to move up a step than a white (or even other races) who will move triple steps doing next to nothing.

    Nigerians, we need a revolution how i really cant say but thats our only break-through from a leading in circles government.

  8. Grace

    November 14, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    If a man is a slave in his mind, he will definitely walk himself back to slavery.

    Blacks fought for independence, scream in streets that black lives matter but when we lead each other, we make a mess of it

  9. Mrs chidukane

    November 14, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    You have one million naira, instead of you to start up something you believe abroad is the answer. Nigeria is bad but not so bad that someone will enter desert to go to Europe to do menial work. Menial work that they would never agree to do in Nigeria. Everyone wants quick money. No one wants to bend down and start from somewhere.

    • LemmeRant

      November 14, 2017 at 7:48 pm

      You see, I’m desperately trying to pity that guy, but I cant. I just can’t.

      Funny enough they’re the ones who will be voting based on sentiments and tribalism.

      You have 1.6mil you couldn’t use it for anything relevant in the country God has put you. Na another man land you dey shine eyes for. It is well.
      Everybody is complaining about Nigeria, yet everyone wants to leave. Nobody wants to fight for his country.

      Its just sad mehn. Just sad.

  10. RE

    November 14, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Is being born African a curse??

  11. momo

    November 14, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    so 1m naira and couldn’t do anything for you here ? even if it was borrowed ..i feel so helpless and sad right now

  12. bey

    November 14, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    1m and the next thing is for you to tally to the Europe you never got to. And being enslsved in 2017. So that money can’t be used to start a biz.
    Some of these ppl need to be educated that the grounds in Europe isn’t paved with gold.


  13. LemmeRant

    November 14, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    Even the ones that manage to get to Europe, to Canada, what next? Are they going to start picking money from the streets?

    You will still struggle especially if you have no marketable skills. Please Nigerians should start learning to loon inwards first b4 trying to claim another man land.

  14. Tracy Edward

    November 14, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    The only person who spoke well so far is “bey” This guy who went to north africa had 1m, why can´t he started a business. So before you guys starts saying negativ about Nigeria, think about the stupidness of Black people, N1m and you left your conutry, I do not have pity on them. USE YOUR BRAIN BLACK MAN. God bless Nigeria in Christ Jesus Amen.

    • Bia

      November 14, 2017 at 8:14 pm

      @Tracy Edwards, your English na wah. I think you are dangerous. You are cussing and in the same breath saying in “Christ Jesus..”? I fear your type of Christianity.

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