More than 17,000 modern-day “slaves” in Libya, says global report

Tripoli, 18 October 2013:

With 17,693 people apparently living as modern-day slaves in Libya, according to the first-ever Global Slavery Index, the country is ranked by it as having the greatest prevalence of "slavery" in North Africa.

The actual figure, however, could be  higher, with up to 19,000 people estimated to be living in slave-like conditions in the country.

Modern slavery takes many forms and is known by many names, the organisers of the report said. “Whether it is called human trafficking, forced labour, slavery or slavery-like practices, victims of modern slavery . . .

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