Modern slavery in Libya

The north African nation of Libya is a major exit point for refugees from Africa trying to take boats to Europe. But since the overthrow of autocratic leader Muammar Gaddafi, the vast, sparsely populated country has slid into violent chaos and migrants with little cash and usually no papers are particularly vulnerable to being captured and trapped into slavery. A UN migration agency says selling of people is rife in Libya. More has to be done to help stop this humanitarian crisis.


Slavery in our modern times is a blight on our civilisation. What more can be or should be done? Should international agencies take a more active role in preventing this? Was the ousting of the dictator Gaddafi a pyrrhic victory? Is the present day situation in Libya worse than before? What can individual nations do to pressure international agencies to do more against this blight? Does this info on the plight of these refugees lead you to be more or less compassionate about the situation of refugees crossing Europe and its accompanying problems?



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