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Nigerians For Sale In Libya: Where Lives Are Auctioned For $400 by alienvirus: 12:14pm On Nov 14
"Eight hundred," says the auctioneer. "900 ... 1,000 ... 1,100 ..." Sold. For 1,200 Libyan dinars -- the equivalent of $800.


Not a used car, a piece of land, or an item of furniture. Not "merchandise" at all, but two human beings.
One of the unidentified men being sold in the grainy cell phone video obtained by CNN is Nigerian. He appears to be in his twenties and is wearing a pale shirt and sweatpants.

He has been offered up for sale as one of a group of "big strong boys for farm work," according to the auctioneer, who remains off camera. Only his hand -- resting proprietorially on the man's shoulder -- is visible in the brief clip.

After seeing footage of this slave auction, CNN worked to verify its authenticity and traveled to Libya to investigate further.
Carrying concealed cameras into a property outside the capital of Tripoli last month, we witness a dozen people go "under the hammer" in the space of six or seven minutes.

"Does anybody need a digger? This is a digger, a big strong man, he'll dig," the salesman, dressed in camouflage gear, says. "What am I bid, what am I bid?"

Buyers raise their hands as the price rises, "500, 550, 600, 650 ..." Within minutes it is all over and the men, utterly resigned to their fate, are being handed over to their new "masters."

After the auction, we met two of the men who had been sold. They were so traumatized by what they'd been through that they could not speak, and so scared that they were suspicious of everyone they met.

Deportation 'back to square one'

Anes Alazabi is a supervisor at a detention center in Tripoli for migrants that are due to be deported. He says he's heard "a lot of stories" about the abuse carried out by smugglers.

"I'm suffering for them. What I have seen here daily, believe me, it makes me feel pain for them," he says. "Every day I can hear a new story from people. You have to listen to all of them. It's their right to deliver their voices."
One of the detained 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."

As the route through north Africa becomes increasingly fraught, many migrants have relinquished their dreams of ever reaching European shores. This year, more than 8,800 individuals have opted to voluntarily return home on repatriation flights organized by the IOM.

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."

Full Story:
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/11/14/africa/libya-migrant-auctions/index.html

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Re: Nigerians For Sale In Libya: Where Lives Are Auctioned For $400 by BankeSmalls(f): 12:16pm On Nov 14
Buharri, see what you caused.

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Re: Nigerians For Sale In Libya: Where Lives Are Auctioned For $400 by crestedaguiyi: 12:22pm On Nov 14
ok na
Re: Nigerians For Sale In Libya: Where Lives Are Auctioned For $400 by aolawale025: 12:41pm On Nov 14
Hustling is good. But people be wise about it. Migrating to Europe through the desert is a no win situation

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Re: Nigerians For Sale In Libya: Where Lives Are Auctioned For $400 by seunny4lif(m): 12:49pm On Nov 14
It's normal in Libya now

Gadaffi is dead
Libya is gone

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Re: Nigerians For Sale In Libya: Where Lives Are Auctioned For $400 by Lexusgs430: 1:35pm On Nov 14
$800 for a human being ? Too expensive ..........

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Re: Nigerians For Sale In Libya: Where Lives Are Auctioned For $400 by Bonapart(m): 2:21pm On Nov 14
I wonder what Nigerians are still doing in that God forsaken country

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Re: Nigerians For Sale In Libya: Where Lives Are Auctioned For $400 by MasViews: 2:21pm On Nov 14
Wetin carry them go Libya in the first place?

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Re: Nigerians For Sale In Libya: Where Lives Are Auctioned For $400 by NgcoboP: 2:21pm On Nov 14
cool
Re: Nigerians For Sale In Libya: Where Lives Are Auctioned For $400 by ifyalways(f): 2:22pm On Nov 14
Still, many are enroute, a lot more will still leave for this trip of death even after reading this news.

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Re: Nigerians For Sale In Libya: Where Lives Are Auctioned For $400 by Compliant: 2:22pm On Nov 14
EDO STATE REPRESENTING

IN EVERY HOUSEHOLD IN EDO STATE ATLEAST 1 PERSON MUST CROSS BY FIRE BY THUNDER

TRUTH IS BITTER

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Re: Nigerians For Sale In Libya: Where Lives Are Auctioned For $400 by Einl(m): 2:22pm On Nov 14
I never pity a fool who leaves his country to go Libya or Egypt or Algeria where black people are treated worse than rats.
Why will u leave Nigeria for this hell hole?
And when we warn you , you’d say we are stopping your blessings.
Well, be blessed on a farm as a slave.


PS. If you ever want to go to another country, get their visa and travel their legally. It’s when you do all these illegal sh*t that you are treated like that.

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Re: Nigerians For Sale In Libya: Where Lives Are Auctioned For $400 by Kelklein(m): 2:23pm On Nov 14
Savagery

I trust the Nigerian government will do nothing about this.

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Re: Nigerians For Sale In Libya: Where Lives Are Auctioned For $400 by izzykingsley(m): 2:23pm On Nov 14
the king from the north is a clueless man.....


president buhari u see Wetin u cause

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Re: Nigerians For Sale In Libya: Where Lives Are Auctioned For $400 by Angy55(f): 2:25pm On Nov 14
I rather be a slave in my homeland than be a slave in another man's land.

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Re: Nigerians For Sale In Libya: Where Lives Are Auctioned For $400 by DIKEnaWAR: 2:25pm On Nov 14
Na wa oo
Re: Nigerians For Sale In Libya: Where Lives Are Auctioned For $400 by Vado(m): 2:25pm On Nov 14
Slavery reloaded? angry

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Re: Nigerians For Sale In Libya: Where Lives Are Auctioned For $400 by AnanseK(m): 2:26pm On Nov 14
BankeSmalls:
Buharri, see what you caused.

Nothing to do with Buhari. They are destined to be slaves and must catch up with their destiny. Slavery was abolished too soon for some of our southern brothers.

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Re: Nigerians For Sale In Libya: Where Lives Are Auctioned For $400 by modelmike7(m): 2:26pm On Nov 14
This is seriously serious! !!
Re: Nigerians For Sale In Libya: Where Lives Are Auctioned For $400 by Pangea: 2:26pm On Nov 14
This is heart rending.
What is our government doing about this?

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Re: Nigerians For Sale In Libya: Where Lives Are Auctioned For $400 by Einl(m): 2:26pm On Nov 14
Who are those blaming Bihari...?

Wetin him do...? When we have foolish Nigerians who are ready to do anything for the love of money and have no dignity for themselves.
No be Nigerians de sell these Nigerians to the Libyans who den sell to the farmers? Nigerians hate themselves. They see any other country where the people are lighter skinned and they run their...illegally.

PS
Have u seen what they do to Nigerian girls in Russia and Libya.....unfu*kingbelieavable....

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Re: Nigerians For Sale In Libya: Where Lives Are Auctioned For $400 by wiloy2k8(m): 2:26pm On Nov 14
nawa

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Re: Nigerians For Sale In Libya: Where Lives Are Auctioned For $400 by Temidayo9(m): 2:27pm On Nov 14
If you can have a million Naira and still claiming Nigeria is not good and opt for Europe, then Oyo is your case in Libya

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Re: Nigerians For Sale In Libya: Where Lives Are Auctioned For $400 by bentlywills(m): 2:27pm On Nov 14
In my next Cv I will include I survived 2017 ;

Buhari see your life' angry
Re: Nigerians For Sale In Libya: Where Lives Are Auctioned For $400 by BruncleZuma: 2:27pm On Nov 14
grin grin grin grin
Re: Nigerians For Sale In Libya: Where Lives Are Auctioned For $400 by martynsnet: 2:28pm On Nov 14
Revolution is a must

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Re: Nigerians For Sale In Libya: Where Lives Are Auctioned For $400 by tuoyoojo(m): 2:28pm On Nov 14
I just cannot understand

they save, borrow money, some even sell their parents properties with d hope of getting to Europe

they subject themselves to untold danger with the elusive thought of a better life in Europe

only for them to be sold like mere chicken in Libya. Libya of all places

I don't feel sorry for them


if they used that money to set up businesses here in Nigeria, in no time they would make it but no they want quick dollars

even if they get to Europe,without papers u cannot do anything. so its either you do very miserable jobs or u go into crime

agreed this country nor good but going to Europe as an illegal immigrant is not an option

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