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Slave Trade in Libya | A Painful Revelation

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Date: 12/04/2017
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Slave Trade in Libya | A Painful Revelation

One of the detained illegal migrants, a young man named Victory, says he was sold at a slave auction. Tired of the rampant corruption in Nigeria's Edo state, the 21-year-old fled home and spent a year and four months -- and his life savings -- trying to reach Europe.

 

He made it as far as Libya, where he says he and other would-be migrants were held in grim living conditions, 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."

 

When his funds ran out, Victory was sold as a day laborer by his smugglers, who told him that the profit made from the transactions would serve to reduce his debt. But after weeks of being forced to work, Victory was told the money he'd been bought for wasn't enough. He was returned to his smugglers, only to be re-sold several more times.

 

The smugglers also demanded ransom payments from Victory's family before eventually releasing him. "I spent a million-plus [Nigerian naira, or $2,780]," he tells CNN from the detention center, where he is waiting to be sent back to Nigeria. "My mother even went to a couple villages, borrowing money from different couriers to save my life." While many of his friends from Nigeria have made it to Europe, Victory is resigned to returning home empty-handed.

 

 

"I could not make it, but I thank God for the life of those that make it," he says. "I'm not happy," he adds. "I go back and start back from square one. It's very painful. Very painful."

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