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The Importance of the Libyan Slave Trade

Kierah Kavicky, Feature Editor

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After a leaked video of a group of men being sold for $400 in Libya surfaced, the world finally had a look into the horrific actions that are committed against migrants and refugees staying in Libya. While leaders of countries all around the world began to take action it is not hard to see how something so awful could occur.
The trade began as a flood of refugees and migrants entered Libya, as it is a stop along the way to Europe. With the aid of European funding, the Libyan government began catching the victims and placing them into detention centers with awful conditions. The conditions include the risk of the already vulnerable people being sold into slavery.
Young men are the targets, and they are used as tools and not people. Due to Libya’s civil war, the country is divided into different violent groups. This is a breeding ground for inhumane activities.
This event sparked protests and an evacuation plan was agreed upon. Although, more help is needed to stop human trafficking. Online resources that the traffickers use must be monitored and donations to refugee agencies are necessary.
While there is action being taken, the real question is how it occured for so long without being exposed. The simple answer lies in a tweet used by Donald Trump, “FoxNews is MUCH more important in the United States than CNN, but outside of the U.S., CNN International is still a major source of (Fake) news, and they represent our Nation to the WORLD very poorly. The outside world does not see the truth from them!” So there you have it. While Donald Trump complained falsely accused CNN for spreading “fake news”, CNN is responsible for exposing the trade. The issue with this is that when a news source has a story that is incredibly important and even life-saving, all the United States can do, specifically the President, is complain and ignore the story.
It is not a surprise that the United States was unaware, and it needs to be changed. Without the unification of the people and the press, issues like this go unnoticed.

Sources:
Quakenbush, Casey. “Libyan Slave Trade: Here’s What You Need to Know.” Time, Time, time.com/5042560/libya-slave-trade/.
Trump, Donald(realDonaldTrump)“FoxNews is MUCH more important in the United States than CNN, but outside of the U.S., CNN International is still a major source of (Fake) news, and they represent our Nation to the WORLD very poorly. The outside world does not see the truth from them!” So there you have it. While Donald Trump complained falsely accused CNN for spreading “fake news”. 25 Nov 2017 2:37 PM, Tweet.

Kierah Kavicky, Feature Editor

My name is Kierah Kavicky and I am a sophomore.

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The Importance of the Libyan Slave Trade