European Union cooperation with Libya has led to 'unimaginable horrors' for migrants

European Union cooperation with Libya has led to 'unimaginable horrors' for migrants

They are either refugees who are fleeing conflict or economic migrants in search of better opportunities in Europe.

One of the traders, dressed in a camouflage gear and holding a man, said, "Does anybody need a digger?" A group of young men were advertised by an auctioneer as "big strong men" and eventually sold off for $400 each. Within minutes it is all over and the men, utterly resigned to their fate, are being handed over to their new "masters".

Libyan authorities in the city say they have knowledge of the smuggling operations in the country, but not slave auctions.

A video obtained by CNN reveals chilling footage of people being auctioned off in Libya.

"They fill a boat with 100 people, those people may or may not make it".

However, as Italy and the European Union have been financing and training Libya's coastguard to stem the flow of people crossing the Mediterranean, many see their journey to Europe end in Libya.

Five migrants have died as a German nonprofit organization, Sea-Watch, and the Libyan coast guard tried to rescue them from their foundering boat in the Mediterranean, with each side blaming the other for the mishap.

Carrying concealed cameras into a property where the human merchandise is about to take place outside the capital, the CNN Correspondent who pretended he was looking for a missing person, discovered that there are scores of migrants waiting to be auctioned.

Zeid sounded the alarm on Tuesday after a probe by United Nations monitors who visited migrants held in State detention centres in Libya at the start of the month.

In the video, apparently recorded Monday, a man identifying himself as a Moroccan national said some of his fellow countrymen at the center are having medical problems and complained that migrants of other nationalities had already been sent back to their homelands.

You don't have to look too far to see that there are plentiful examples of slavery in the world, whether it's in terms of human sex trafficking or selling another human being for labor. "They are beaten, mutilated", he said.

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.

"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. "If we wish to change that situation, we must get together with those states which themselves are very severely affected by migration", Sommaruga said.

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