400 dollars a man; Slavery in Libya is a silenced topic in American Media

Natalie West, Managing Editor

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Picture this: you’re starving, dehydrated, and physically abused, standing in a line amongst strangers waiting to be sold to your next owner. People in Libya are being ripped apart from their families, homes, and are being silenced upon discussion of where life takes them next and actual human beings are being sold for 400 dollars a man. I think it is time to talk about the severity of humanity issues that are happening in Libya while most Americans are oblivious because it’s either “not happening around us” or “fake news”.

Video by CNN

This is nothing new, Don Lugo. Slavery in Libya has been happening for years. Tens of thousands run for their life every year to try to escape this monstrosity, but very few are lucky.

Courtesy of CNN
Migrants rescued in Tripoli, October 2017

A young man named Victory, experienced the injustice of the deportation system in a 2017 article by CNN.He explains how himself and his mother spent their life savings and borrowed money from citizens around the city to smuggle him over to Europe. He has been through this non-escapable hell two times already only to be sent back and put into slavery like many times before.

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Migrants in Libya held at detention center waiting to be released back into the same inescapable cycle.

Why do we preach so much about equality and freedom when people are crying out for help to live just one day without being a slave? Many people take matters to social media to preach about it, but get really quiet when it comes actually researching and educating yourself. I cannot expect much out of media. After CNN broke news about the Libyan Slave trade, Donald Trump Via twitter claims that CNN is fake news and does a poor representation of the world.

Wake up America! While his comments like this aren’t a surprise, Libyan media from all over took his words as an opportunity to discredit the CNN articles about Slavery. This shows America that our president is not only racist, but supports slavery, and discredits some of the most hands-on investigative journalists in the world who are real news journalists.

It is so crucial and important that we the people, act on equality constantly in this horrible, socially injustice world. Be nice to others around you and do not let yourself discriminate others. The UN is currently trying to find ways to help slaves escape the no ruled injustice system.

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400 dollars a man; Slavery in Libya is a silenced topic in American Media