Libya: Migrants sold as sex slaves

Sold as sex slaves and tortured for months, these women migrants were rescued from illegal detention centers in Libya.

Meanwhile in Libya…

“I saw a dark hand cover my mouth and I tasted something bitter. After that I was dizzy, I didn’t know where I was, and I found myself in a bedroom. But I don’t know where exactly. They had kidnapped me. I stayed there from April to July. And throughout that period there was a Sudanese man and five Libyans who raped me. It was really hard.” This account by Fatma, an Eritrean national who fled the dictatorship for Europe, is a reality for numerous migrants who are kidnapped, imprisoned, tortured and raped in illegal detention centers in Libya.

More than 1 million migrants in Libya

According to the International Organization for Migration, there are currently between 700,000 and 1 million migrants in Libya. In this country, a gateway to Europe for migrants, there are at least two types of centers where some of them are detained. First, there are the official ones. Then, there are the illegal centers.

Detained in these illegal centers are migrants who have been kidnapped or even bought by militia while they were on the road

Some men and women already exposed these illegal centers in Libya back in 2017. A migrant who experienced these illegal centers described it to Brut, stating, “Even if you had an opportunity to escape, you can’t because at the gate, there are people who have weapons. What are you going to do? Every morning, they beat you. Night and day, they beat you. They torture you.”

Here, torture, slavery or rape are used to put pressure on the families from whom the torturers demand a ransom

Meskiya was held captive for six months in one of these prisons. She was taken in by a Doctors Without Borders residence, which looks after survivors of these illegal prisons. She admitted, “They hit me in the back until it broke. They beat me. They smacked and punched my face. All because they wanted money… They saw that I was about to die. So, they dropped me here and they left.” No data exists on these illegal centers. In the official ones, according to Doctors Without Borders, between 3,000 and 5,000 people are waiting to be freed in very difficult conditions, sometimes for years.


03/02/2020 11:05 PM


  • SAidou S.
    08/20/2020 22:22


  • Joy U.
    07/26/2020 22:00

    Libyans still do it till now.2020

  • Bahrun Kasuut
    06/17/2020 14:56


  • Abdeslam M.
    06/10/2020 22:33

    Nik mok alqahba azul balak ad3awdid attedadridh nik mok

  • Fusein F.
    05/12/2020 19:35


  • Blonde E.
    03/10/2020 11:42 are one of the<exporters of these <migrants> to Europe..? 😐

  • Carrie F.
    03/09/2020 22:15

    Hmmm an you want to go teach over there!! I doubt that miss !!!

  • Lila C.
    03/09/2020 14:38

    SOMEBODY'S in trouble with The Lord of Hosts

  • Tawana A.
    03/07/2020 16:32

    This is crazy omg

  • Tebogo N.
    03/06/2020 16:30

    Very sad the world is quite bout this evil act taking place.... I can only put it to God cause that's the only help I can be able to...... I know God will intervin

  • Nancy H.
    03/05/2020 19:54

    Those woman IMMIGRANTS if they come over legally then shame on us for treating them that way if they were snuck in just to come to AMERICA oh well you come to AMERICA the right way or don't come at all paying someone to seek you in or trying to seek in on your own is wrong if you want to come to AMERICA do it the right way so I say to bad lady's it's your own fault come to AMERICA the right WAY!!! YESERY BOB

  • Judith W.
    03/05/2020 01:05

    Sad is what you call it and wickedness..

  • Celia C.
    03/04/2020 14:08

    This is my job 24/7!! Thank you LVMPC, NHL, .NLV Police Dept!

  • Hong W.
    03/04/2020 06:43

    so sad

  • Lboogie P.
    03/04/2020 06:16

    What is rong with these people in the world

  • Ogbe A.
    03/03/2020 15:00

    Just Too Bad

  • Shishir K.
    03/03/2020 07:24

    Kill the rapist

  • Nawab B.
    03/03/2020 02:20

    I. Love you A1

  • Stiofain G.
    03/03/2020 01:36

    I was in Libya in 1967. Many times going out of Tripoli I passed by the slave market. It's auctions were behind high walls. Lot of people mingling around outside. I think it was also used as a football stadium.

  • Frank M.
    03/02/2020 23:14

    Go’s not women doing this..register and vote & take back your lives...and our republic....

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