You have probably seen a ton of social media posts surrounding the inhumane slave trade in Libya which has caused worldwide outrage. Basically, gangs and extortionists have been trapping immigrants from all nationalities from the West who have intentions to go to Europe for a better life – raping, killing and selling them for nothing! ($400).
The migrants see Libya as a springboard to Europe and even though the trade is going on they still make the trek across the Sahara desert for an opportunity to move to Europe. If you want to learn more about this crisis, this video is pretty great at giving an overview:
Since hearing about this, people everywhere have been very vocal including humanitarian celebrities who have expressed concern over the lack of coverage in mainstream media.
Posts like this one are everywhere:
Since then Libya has responded to these atrocities alluding to the bigger issue of why people are leaving the West in the first place.
Libya “is going through difficult times which affected its own citizens as well. It is, therefore, not fair to assume responsibility for the consequences of this immigration, which everyone unanimously agreed that addressing this phenomenon exceeds the national capacities,” the GNA statement read.
“We affirm again that the practical solution is to address the real reasons that drive people to leave their home countries, treat them and develop final solutions for them,” it continued.
That response is not enough from Libyan authorities even though there is a bigger issue to be concerned about. They need to do something about the atrocities in that country and we need to continue to #MakeNoise until slavery ends once and for all!