WATCH: African migrants tortured, auctioned by human traffickers in Libya

A video showing migrants being tortured by human traffickers in Libya went viral on social media following a report by CNN showing footage of migrants being sold as slaves there.

The last two scenes of the video shows migrants being subjected to unprecedented torture and brutality.

A migrant who was completely stripped of his clothes cries out in pain as the trafficker burns a plastic bottle and drips hot plastic on his body. The migrants body shows several scars and burns. Another stands on his head using insulting language telling him to look up at the camera.

The second video shows an armed man asking a number of half-naked migrants to show their faces to the camera after they were obviously beaten as the scars and bruises show on their bodies. Some are not moving at all and appear to be dead.

The time and exact place where this happened is still unknown. However, the armed man wearing winter clothes and his accent give an idea.

Thousands of migrants pass through Libya hoping to reach Europe, but they are caught by traffickers and put up for sale as slaves in auctions. Most have sold their life savings to go on this journey.

A recent clampdown by the Libyan coastguard has decreased the number of boats making it to the country, leaving smugglers shorthanded, according to CNN. This is how the slavery trade there became popular.

Libya is one of the most popular countries in which human smuggling networks operate through a wide desert border with African countries. When migrants reach its north coast, they are smuggled across the sea in boats known as death boats.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:52 - GMT 06:52
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