CNN Reveals Modern Slave Trade on Sub-Saharan Black Africans in Libya – A Video Documentary


Long before trans-Atlantic slave trade that was triggered by discovery of the Americas by Christopher Columbus in late 15th Century AD, Arabs had established slave trading in many parts of Africa. Islamic historical documents, including the Holy Koran, offer detailed accounts about presence of Black slaves living in the Arabian peninsula, North Africa and the Middle East. Prophet Mohammed himself owned Black slaves and the injunctions given to the Muslim faithfuls include guidelines on how to evaluate value of slaves based on their skin color. In one quote, two Black slaves were equivalent to one non-Black, for example. (

Nearly two centuries after the supposed universal ban on slave trade, a new variant of this man’s inhumanity to fellow man has returned on the African continent with a vengeance. Potential slaves of the present era don’t have to be prisoners of war or captives during slave raids. In fact, those who become enslaved find their own ways to the destinations of their enslavement as reported by this eye-popping video documentary made from a CNN’s correspondent’s report inside Libya, North Africa. The reporter was sent to verify accounts of sub-Saharan African Blacks being sold to the highest bidders in exclusive auctions as slaves.

The typical modern-day potential Black African slave usually leaves his country of birth with an unquenchable dream to emigrate overseas, preferably Europe, for a start. According to many reports, these migrants live such hellish lives in their home countries that they would risk even death for get away from their birthplace in search of greener pastures wherever they can be found. The migrants that end up in Libya originate from West African countries of Ghana, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Cameroun etc and make the highly risky trans-Saharan leg of their northward migration through the territory of Niger Republic which is mostly desert.

These impoverished migrants had to pay large fees in cash to human smugglers in Niger for an unwritten contract to deliver them in the North African coastline in Libya. The plan is to hazard the risky trip across the stormy Mediterranean Sea in decrepit smuggler boats to reach anywhere along coastline of Southern Europe or any of the islands offshore.

There are three major outcomes awaiting the typical West African migrant headed to Europe by land route. Despite the sums of cash paid to the human smugglers to take them across the mighty Sahara, many still perish in this God-forsaken bone-dry desert due to dehydration, heat exhaustion and disease. Those who succeed in entering the Libyan territory are usually apprehended, rounded up and taken to large detention camps for illegal entry into the country’s territorial space. The inhuman conditions in these crowded camps often result in deaths of many of the detainees. From these camps, few lucky migrants who could bribe their ways proceed to the Libyan coastline from where they find smugglers to take them across the Mediterranean Sea which remains a very dicey proposition by all measure.

The most unlucky ones fall into hands of slave traders. Once in their possession, the Black Africans instantly become marketable goods just like things were done more than two centuries ago in the Americas and elsewhere in Europe and the Middle East where slave trade was regarded as business enterprise. Only a few may ever get out of this enslavement because their owners make all necessary security arrangements to assure that their investments remained secure. From other video documentaries recorded inside Libya, it was obvious that government officials turned a blind eye to the nefarious trade in slaves and would do nothing to check this activity. What happens to these Black African slaves in a racist North African culture steeped in Muslim faith can only be left to one’s imagination.