Human rights are violated in Libya as the migrants who are trying to reach Europe through North Africa are sold at the slave auction for $400 by smugglers. They are sold to buyers for manual labor or farm work as shown in the investigation.
CNN searched this modern-day slavery and witnessed the actual slave auction in Libya. They saw that dozens of people were auctioned in the space of six or seven minutes. The salesman at the auction was dressed in camouflage gear shouting and asking someone who needed a big strong man digger. And the buyers raised their hands as the price rose to 500, 550, 600. Afterwards, the bidding was over and the men were handed to their new masters.
This is the fate of some desperate migrants who are trying to escape their countries, like Nigeria, looking for supposed to be peaceful and green pastures in Europe. On the other hand, they were victimized by these mean smugglers in Libya, who just wanted money in their pockets.
Almost tens of thousands of migrants each year pay a substantial amount to the smugglers, who would let the migrants board the boat and travel across the Mediterranean Sea. They could make their way in the sub-Saharan Africa and then to Libya. The cost of the trip from Sudan to Libya and to Italy is about $3,500 for a mother and her daughter, according to Newsweek.