The UN secretary general has called for urgent action, after a recent video emerged of African migrants being sold as slaves in Libya. The footage showed what it said was an auction of men offered to Libyan buyers as farmhands.
France has called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss slave-trading in Libya. It follows reports of Africans being auctioned at markets to North African buyers.
Media reports about alleged migrant slave markets in Libya have resulted in strong reactions across the continent. African politicians demand an investigation and the prosecution of those responsible.
Smugglers are reportedly using social media to lure potential victims to Libya, where they face torture and slavery. The UN's migration agency has urged the likes of Facebook to monitor its content and protect migrants.
Evacuations of migrants stranded and abused in Libya are to begin within "days," says French President Emmanuel Macron. He says Tripoli, African and EU leaders have agreed on an emergency plan at their summit in Abidjan.
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