It’s hard to believe that there would be slave markets in the 21st century, but there are — and you have President Barack Obama partially to thank for it.
According to the International Business Times, an open slave market in Libya is selling migrants from West Africa to the highest bidders.
Libya’s position on the Mediterranean Sea makes it an ideal launching points for migrants trying to reach Europe illegally. However, migrants from West Africa often lack documentation or money, which makes them especially vulnerable — and slave traders take advantage of that.
The International Organization for Migration reports a number of slave markets and private prisons operating across Libya. Part of the problem is that Libya has been mired in chaos since the Gadhafi government was overthrown — a regime change vigorously supported by the Obama administration and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
And it isn’t European whites who are running the markets. It’s Libyans — a predominantly Arab, Muslim population — buying and selling West Africans, according to Africa News.
“The situation is dire,” said IOM head of operation Mohammed Abdiker. “The more IOM engages inside Libya, the more we learn that it is a vale of tears for all too many migrants.”
One heartbreaking story given involved a migrant from the West African country of Senegal. After leaving to try to get to Europe, “he was brought by smugglers across Niger in a bus to the southern Libyan city of Sabha, where he was due to risk a boat trip to Europe. When the middleman did not get his fee, the survivor was put up for sale along with other passengers,” IBT reported.
“He was taken to a prison where he worked without pay while the captors demanded 300,000 West African francs (about £380) before selling him on to a larger jail. Livia Manante, an IOM officer based in Niger, said migrants would be brought to a square where they were put up for sale.”
“Apparently, they don’t have money and their families cannot pay the ransom, so they are being sold to get at least a minimum benefit from that,” IOM’s Othman Belbeisi told the BBC.
If they can’t pay off their ransom, IOM officials said, they’re either killed or left to die in horrid conditions.
Barack Obama and liberals let the migrant crisis fester. Barack Obama and liberals encouraged Middle Eastern instability, especially in Libya. Those two horrifying situations have met at a tragic confluence which has led to modern-day slavery.
And do you hear the media reporting this? Of course not. I wonder why.
H/T Fox News
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