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Slavery in Libya : Ablekuma Central MP urges Ghanaian youth to venture into agriculture

The Member of Parliament for the Ablekuma Central Constituency , Hon Ebenezer Gilbert Nii Narh Nartey,  has expressed dismay at the shameless sale of  African immigrants into slavery in Libya urging Ghanaian youth to channel their desire into maximising the opportunities created by the government in agriculture.

According to him the astonishing revelations calls for a collective effort among all nations in the fight against human trafficking and exploitation of Africans.

Hon Nartey  who is currently at the 53rd Session of the International Tropical Timber Council and Sessions of the Associated Committees in Peru said in an interview with the Parliamentary News Africa in a telephone interview  on Friday December 1 2017.

He said slave  trade in any form is condemnable adding that the revelation should serve as a reference point  to African governments to create jobs and give hope to millions on the continent.

He also urged ECOWAS and the African Union to intervene in the migration crisis and to combat human trafficking

He touched on the Planting for Food and Jobs programme and urged the youth to embrace the programme to earn  a living.

He also congratulated all farmers and fishermen for a good work done and encouraged all to support government’s initiative to support agriculture.

The grainy undercover video appears to show smugglers selling off a dozen men outside of the capital city Tripoli at a cost of $400 .

Libya is the main transit point for refugees and migrants trying to reach Europe by sea. In each of the last three years, 150,000 people have made the dangerous crossing across the Mediterranean Sea from Libya.

For four years in a row, 3,000 refugees have died while attempting the journey, according to figures from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the U.N.’s migration agency.

The Libyan Coast Guard — supported with funds and resources from the E.U. and more specifically, Italy — has cracked down on boats smuggling refugees and migrants to Europe.

With estimates 400,000 to almost one million people now bottled up Libya, detention centers are overrun and there are mounting reports of robbery, rape, and murder among migrants, according to a September report by the U.N. human rights agency.

Conditions in the centers have been described “horrific,” and among other abuses, migrants are vulnerable to being sold off as laborers in slave auctions.

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