Shocking video footage of modern day slavery.
A video has emerged showing footage of modern day slaves, incarcerated and being sold for as little as $400.
The ongoing troubles in the Middle East have forced thousands of people to flee their homes and head to Europe on the hope of safety.
It is this dangerous and uncertain journey that they embark upon which leaves them vulnerable to capture, many people have been snared while attempting to flee to safety.
The video was exposed in a report by CNN on modern day slavery. The images of the captured people looks like an image from a history book documenting events hundreds of years ago.
The CNN expose has shocked the world, who find it hard to contemplate that these events are going on in the world today.
The video of the captured comes from Libya, where the conflict and upheaval at the heart of the country has caused many to flee, but the uncertainty about their lives and their futures have made them an easy target for human traffickers.
CNN say they have handed the footage over to Libyan authorities who say that an investigation into the events will take place, but sadly it is hard to believe that in such a broken country there is anything to be done to stop the criminals who have been at large now for many years.
The report documents the throw-away style in which the men are auctioned off, the salesman at one point saying:
“Does anybody need a digger? This is a digger, a big strong man, he’ll dig,”
For people aiming to flee the country who are captured, escape is possible by extremely difficult, as one interviewed man, Victory recalls “I spent a million-plus [Nigerian naira, or $2,780],” and “My mother even went to a couple villages, borrowing money from different couriers to save my life.”